At Altmore we believe that all pupils can achieve in Art and Design. Art lessons are planned to inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative understanding. Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.

All teachers plan sequences of lessons in Art and Design based on objectives specific to their year group and follow the scheme of work designed by Cornerstones in order to ensure the National Curriculum objectives are met. These learning objectives build on prior learning and develop art skills focusing on the six fundamental elements of Art and Design:

  1. Drawing
  2. Painting
  3. Printing
  4. Collage
  5. Textiles
  6. Sculpture.


Expressive arts and design is one of the seven areas of the early year’s foundation stage and is used to develop a child’s imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. Children do this in a range of ways including singing songs and making music, dancing, playing with colours, textures and design. Children are encouraged to choose materials which help them to make choices and have confidence in their own ideas.

We also provide opportunities to describe and experiment with different textures and collage materials. Through junk modelling children have opportunities to think outside the box and to learn how to approach a problem, which is an important life skill. Junk modelling is so open-ended providing children with recycled materials such as toilet tubes, cardboard boxes, plastic water bottles and egg boxes. With the addition of some fixing materials such as Sellotape, glue or clay, children can transform the materials into whatever they choose and then paint or decorate them.

Finally, there are always opportunities to develop their drawing skills. Children will begin to draw with a purpose. They may talk about what they are going to draw even if the end product may not look like what they have said it is but to them that is what their drawing is. Children will begin to attempt to draw people such as their family and this will progress as they move up through the school.


In KS1

In KS1, children learn about different artists, craft makers and designers and their styles of work. They compare famous artwork, describe the similarities and differences and talk about their likes and dislikes, making links to their own work. The children also have the opportunity to learn about digital artists and explore their style of artwork.

We explore tools to practise different drawing techniques including straight, curly, wavy, circular and fine lines as well as shading in using sketch pencils. The children develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

The children in KS1 have the opportunity to use a range of materials to creatively design and make products and they use sculpture to create 3D artwork. We provide Art opportunities throughout the year which are linked to different themes including religious festivals and important dates such as Remembrance Day.




Useful Websites

Arts & Culture


Tate kids


Books linked to Art

Children’s book of Art
The Dot
The Day the Crayons quit
Get colouring with Katie
Learn to Draw with Katie
Discover Art with Katie