Cradle Hill Community Primary School

Art and Design


At­­­­ Cradle Hill a love of art is encouraged and nurtured within all our children.  Our inspiring and diverse art curriculum enables children to make purposeful connections with the wider world as they consider the impact of Art from different cultures. 

During their time at Cradle Hill, children have opportunities to explore and experiment with a wide variety of materials and techniques, providing a solid foundation for their own creative expression. Children will study a range of influential local and global artists and craft makers from past and present so that they become more historically, culturally and socially aware of the impact of art.

Children explore their own unique ideas and use art as a purposeful form of expression. Through art, children develop their creativity and become reflective artists by evaluating and appreciating art using the appropriate vocabulary.

 Our aim is for children to become confident, independent artists in their own right. This is achieved by encouraging a ‘have-a-go’ attitude. Our ultimate goal is to encourage each child’s enthusiasm for art which will scaffold and develop their own personal artistic outcomes.


 All Art and Design projects follow the structure of the Design Process. This structure ensures that children have opportunities within each project to:

  • Define: children consider what they will create
  • Research: children gather information (visiting galleries, exploring books, collecting materials from nature, speaking to people, exploring artefacts/examples)
  • Analysis: children use their sketch-books to explore shape, try out designs and collect inspiration to determine what ideas are working best. Photography will also be explored
  • Develop ideas: the children will consider which materials, tools and techniques will work best
  • Presentation: children present their artwork to peers for discussion and appreciation

Each project has a list of key vocabulary linked to the materials, technique and suggested artist or movement being studied. Most projects have cross curricular links, enabling the children to build-on, enrich and consolidate their overall learning. Throughout their artistic journey, the children will have opportunities to create projects through painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, printing and digital media. As they progress through the school, children revisit media and skills, giving them opportunity to demonstrate and build-on prior knowledge and develop proficiency in handling familiar materials and tools.

As children discuss their own work and the work of others, they are encouraged to consider and appreciate different ways of working in order to develop their own artistic style.


Our Art curriculum is planned to develop skills, knowledge and vocabulary to demonstrate progression and ensure age related attainment at the end of each Key Stage.

Each project’s structure allows children to demonstrate:

  • Research skills and experimentation
  • Development of ideas through sketching and drawing
  • Discussion and appreciation of their own and other’s work
  • Achieve a final outcome using a variety of media and techniques


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