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Art and Design


At Oldmixon Primary School we aim for our children to become inspired and value their creativity. We encourage our children to take risks with their creativity and develop their own personal expression of this.  As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of the knowledge and skills they require to be experimental, inventive and produce their own art work.  They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.  In addition we want our children to be able to identify and appreciate the work of other artists which reflect diversity and develop an understanding of different cultures and styles within art.

Our curriculum is planned to enable children to acquire both knowledge and skills, matching the requirements of the National Curriculum.


We plan a variety of learning opportunities to enable:

  • Traditional skills to be balanced with experimental work;
  • Small scale work to be balanced with large scale work;
  • Quiet reflective study to be balanced with active, dynamic work;
  • Individual work to be balanced with group work;
  • Two-dimensional work to be balanced with three-dimensional work;
  • The study of historical “great” artists to be balanced with contemporary artists;
  • The study of both female and male creative role models, as well as a range of ethnicities and time periods.
  • We recognise that we have children of differing confidence, experience and backgrounds in our classes and so we provide suitable learning opportunities to enable all children to progress and feel accomplished from their art. We can achieve this through a range of strategies:
  • Setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
  • Providing a range of challenges with different resources;
  • Using quality questions to enable the children to consider how they progress their art further;
  • Extending the curriculum beyond the classroom in clubs, visits and competitions, offering further opportunities for children to discover personal interests and talents.


Term 1

Look at all the lovely art we have been busy with this term! 

Foundation Stage

Year 1 have explored Autumn Leaves and Lines

Year 2 made artwork inspired by Sayaka Ganz and her use of reclaimed materials

Year 3 used charcoal to produce artwork 'Like a Caveman'

Year 4 are considering characterisation and explored lines using straight lines and curves

Year 5 have used their History topic to create designs for 'Supersized Jewellery'.

Year 6 have enjoyed finding out about set design and creating shadow puppets.