Art and Design


At Kielder Primary School and Nursery, we believe our pupils are creators! We are passionate about Art and Design and our Art and Design curriculum reflects this in its approach to the teaching and learning of the subject. Our aim is to allow the pupils to express themselves and explore their ideas through a wide range of engaging resources. Our high-quality Art and Design curriculum and cross curricular-links provide a real purpose to our children’s creative projects. It develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires pupils and equips them with knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, crafts and design. We value learning from the experts; this enables our children to understand the complete story behind their works of art. We choose an artist each term which influences the children’s art work. We aim to choose a diverse range of local, national and international artists to reflect the diversity of the wider world.

The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:

1.  produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

2.  become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

3.  evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

4.  know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.



In the EYFS, pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials

  • respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.

  • use different media and materials to express their own ideas

  • explore colour and use for a particular purpose

  • develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately

  • select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary.


In KS1, pupils are taught:

1.  to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

2.  to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

3.  to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

4.  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.

In KS2, pupils are 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 are taught:

1.  to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

2.  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

3.  about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Our children enjoy and flourish in our Art and Design lessons. Their confidence, resilience and creativity develops as they engage in activities to complete their own artwork. We look for opportunities to showcase their work in local festivals, shows and school to build on their confidence and growth mindset. By the end of KS2, our pupils are fully prepared for the challenges of KS3 Art and Design.