At Barley Fields Primary, we believe that high-quality Art lessons will 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 and children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art. They are also given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists.


The curriculum is taught across four skills led strands:

  • Painting
  • Printing
  • Drawing
  • 3D modelling and textiles

The skills children acquire are applied to cross-curricular topics, allowing them to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought. Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example when printing repeating patterns and designs and thinking about 3D shapes to support structures. It is paramount that art work is purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work.

Our curriculum covers the following concept areas:

In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal refection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.

Trips and visiting experts to enhance the learning experience in art will be utilised and the school environment promotes the display and celebration of childrn’s artwork.


Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression (see progression ladders).  We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  1. A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
  2. A celebration of learning which demonstrates progression in skill development;
  3. Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
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