Cranborne Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8PF

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Nurture, Cherish, Succeed


"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all"


Art and Design

At Newbold Church School Art and Design is an important part of the children's entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.  It is our wish through the implementation of our art curriculum that pupils will have the opportunity to experience the power of creativity as part of a rich and progressive curriculum where art lessons are sequenced to build on previous learning and secure new learning successfully. 


We want to inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We want children to be inspired by a wide range of artists, crafts people and designers, confidently critique their work and use it to influence their own decision making process. Through studying a diverse range of artists pupils will learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. We want children to be able to express themselves through different media and feel empowered to think creatively. We intend to make all learning meaningful and memorable .


Our curriculum offers children frequent opportunities to develop their practical skills using a wide range of media at their own pace. We know that progression is not linear so all work is valued and recorded and not marked. However, to encourage children’s progress and creativity, we observe children while they work and capture moments where they evaluate effectively, use the language of art and design, collaborate well and make creative decisions. 


 In each unit of work the children draw and create using a range of media, whilst exploring the work of an artist, crafts person, or designer. They choose which of their existing skills they wish to practise before being taught new skills to add to their ‘tool kit’.  We also teach shorter or one-off skills lessons and give the children opportunities to free draw in their sketchbooks, valuing their ideas and allowing them time to just enjoy drawing. Work in sketchbooks documents each child’s unique progress and learning journey that year. 

Children are encouraged to move their learning forward by reflecting on their own work. Self-evaluation is taught throughout each unit and is supported by peer and teacher led critiques.  




 Since introducing our newly designed curriculum the children have really improved their sketchbook skills. They are taking more ownership and pleasure in recording their findings, from research and exploration and can evaluate their work and work of others more confidently. 

The process of exploring, critiquing and developing ideas has been valued more by staff and children. This can be seen on displays across school. Children are keen to show their sketchbooks to other staff in school.

 The effective use of sketchbooks means children have all their ideas and work to look back on in the future making it memorable.

By revisiting different mediums and techniques throughout their school life, children have the skills and confidence to express themselves and produce work they enjoy making and can be proud of.

National Curriculum Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. 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.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


For more information please see the Art Curriculum overview.docxArt Curriculum overview 2021.docx





Supporting Children with SEND to access all elements of the Art sessions

All Art sessions are planned to ensure that all children are able to access all elements. Specific adaptations are used to ensure all children can operate any resources they need. For example, we use a variety of different sized paint brushes to enable children to access painting skills, and different forms of information, such as film and description, when children are researching famous artists. 

As with all other areas of the curriculum, we use SEND codes to show how we will adapt our teaching to ensure all children are fully supported. This may include reducing any writing aspect of the sessions to enable all children  to fully participate.

Where children need 1-1 support with a TA to be able to fully engage in the Art sessions, this will be provided. 

As part of our monitoring processes we ensure that children with SEND are able to fully access all aspects of the Art curriculum. 


Pupil Premium Children

As part of our monitoring processes we ensure that children in the receipt of Pupil Premium are able to fully access all aspects of the Art curriculum. 


Our Art curriculum shows a progression of knowledge and skills. Please see our Art progression map for details. 


Useful Websites

Have a look on the Tate Kids website. It has lots of information about artists and some cool activities.





Last updated May 2022