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The Arts

What is our intention? 

At Wick CofE Primary School, we believe that the teaching of art should offer children a wide range of activities and experiences that supports them to develop their imagination, creativity and resilience and encourages them to have a voice and explore various methods of self-expression.  We strive to offer high quality teaching that engages, inspires and challenges all pupils, and enables them to explore and develop ideas, investigate and make their own masterpieces,  evaluate their work, have a good knowledge and understanding of the processes involved and to skillfully implment artistic techniques.  


How do we implement this? 

There are many forms of art that the children have opportunities to explore, such as drawing, painting, collage, printing, 3D form, textiles, drama and digital media. Where possible activities in this subject are linked to topic work.  We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in reception and National Curriculum from Year One to Year Six.  We have a carefully planned skills ladder, demonstrating how the children should progress each year. 

Below you can see a brief outline of this progression for each Key Stage. 


Early Years 

By the end of reception, children should have been taught to: 

-Sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.  

-Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. 

-Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.  

-Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories. 


Key stage 1  

Pupils should be taught:  

-To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products 

-To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination  

-To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space  

-About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.  


Key stage 2  

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.  

Pupils should be taught:  

-To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas  

-To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]  

-About great artists, architects and designers in history. 


What is the impact does the teaching of art have on children? 


Art brings many opportunities for the children to learn about themselves and about the world around them.  Children will develop an understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.   

Through exploring colour, texture, pattern, construction and different materials and processes, children will develop a range of new skills.  In our rapidly changing world, children require expertise in: design, planning, making, investigating and evaluating, as those are skills children will carry through life.  Art is a positive and child-friendly way of teaching these skills from an early age.   


Art gives children an opportunity to take risks in a safe environment, and allows their resilience to develop as they try out new ideas and new ways of working without the fear of failure.  Art also gives some children who are perhaps more reserved, a real opportunity to find their voice in their own way.  Art allows children to express themselves in many different forms, and the teachers at Wick truly value the creations of each child.  


At Wick we understand the importance art has on our day to day life and believe that providing a range of experiences is essential for life beyond school. 






We wish to promote Music as an enjoyable, emotional experience gained through listening and through creating music, either the children's own or music already written. 

The development of listening skills is of supreme importance in helping young children to read, and music can help a child make fine aural distinctions between different sounds. Children are given the opportunity to hear a wide range of music both in recorded form and through live performances. Music is used as a stimulus for physical activity, art and language work. 

We encourage children to play instruments. There are many opportunities for children to play percussion instruments as part of classroom activities. Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 are also able to learn to play the recorder and guitar, if they wish. All children have plenty of chances to sing. 

Opportunities are provided for children to compose their own music, an experience which will increase their understanding of the creative process and a chance to express their ideas and feelings in a medium other than words or pictures. 




Pupils will learn about the place and role of art, craft and design in life today, as well as in different times and cultures.