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Art & Design

At Hillcrest Primary we propose to: 

  • Assist pupils in becoming visually literate. 

  • Develop powers of observation. 

  • Develop aesthetic sensibilities to make judgements about Art. 

  • Encourage the use of imagination and original thought. 

  • Provide opportunities to learn about the world in which we live. 

  • Develop the ability to communicate ideas, opinions and feelings about their own work and that of others. 

  • Encourage children to be able to respond knowledgeably to the work of other craftspeople, knowing that there are different kinds of art made for different purposes. 

  • Acquire a range of different skills using different media as the children progress through the school.

Hillcrest's 5 Principles of Art & Design

At Hillcrest, each subject team has created 5 key principles, outlining what makes up quality teaching in each subject:

  1. Celebrate children’s creativity through TLC displays and floor books  

  1. Teachers will be modelling, enthusiastically, a particular art skill or technique linked to a specific artist and adapted to suit TLC text 

  1. Independence promoted to allow creativity and individuality within created pieces. 

  1. Range of art mediums used across the school, with skills being revisited in line with our progression document 

  1. Lessons are organised and sequenced to help pupils acquire knowledge.  


Click on the INTENT, IMPLEMENTATION and IMPACT bars below to discover why and how we teach Art & Design.

INTENT Statement for Art & Design

At Hillcrest Primary School, we want our children to love art, craft and design! We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and to grow up wanting to be illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, curators, architects or printmakers. Our Art curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should gain a deeper understanding of how Art and Design reflects and shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the Art and Design National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We want our children to use the local area as inspiration, to learn from other cultures and to respect diversity. To that end we encourage the children to look at a wide range of unique and diverse artists, craft makers and designers, inspiring them to explore the many areas of Art and Design.   

IMPLEMENTATION Statement for Art & Design

  • At Hillcrest, Art is taught in every year group, often we use the time during the first weeks to teach skills and create wonderful displays relating and being inspired by our TLC books that lead our learning.  

  • We give the child ownership of their art books in order to foster their sense of creativity. Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas and develop opinions. 

  • Throughout the Hillcrest journey, every child is given the opportunity to learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and digital art through the exploration of an initial key artist, craft maker or designer and their work 

  • Through in-depth discussion, the pupils explore how their art can share commonalities with famous art and use subject-specific vocabulary to discuss key artworks and their own work. 

  • In the development of confident art critics, the pupils share their opinions and make informed observations about what will improve their own practical work. 

  • Cross-curricular links are promoted to allow all children to deepen their understanding across the curriculum, including the use of technology, and artworks from year group specific historical, geographical and scientific contexts. 

  • Teachers follow a progression of skills which ensures all pupils are challenged in line with their year group expectations and are given the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge. 

  • Opportunities to reflect and develop, including through the use of sketchbooks, and chances for self and peer-assessment are planned into each unit of study in KS1 and KS2. 

  • Effective CPD and standardisation opportunities are available to staff to ensure high levels of confidence and knowledge are maintained. 

  • To support teaching, staff access a range of resources and planning. 


Through Expressive Arts children are encouraged to explore different media, explore how media can be combined to create different effects and develop a range of skills and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children are given daily access to a range of creative opportunities and enjoy our carefully planned and well-resourced creative areas both indoors and out. Children are encouraged to create on both small and large scales and our outdoor environment supports this well. Children are encouraged to develop their communication and language skills through talking about their creations and sharing these with others to build confidence and raise self-esteem. 

IMPACT Statement for Art & Design

The impact of this curriculum design will lead to a progression over time, across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave Hillcrest reaching at least age-related expectations for Art and Design. Our Art and Design  curriculum will also lead pupils to be enthusiastic Art and Design learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, evidence of their final pieces as well as the process in which inspired and lead to the work. We ensure that children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified, and additional provision and strategies are planned in and discussed with class teachers. Achievements are celebrated in classrooms displays inside and outside the classroom, as well as celebrating their work in our hall at the end of term. We aim to develop and inspire our future artists and their appreciation of the art around them. 

 Explore the blue banners below to find out more about what specific themes we teach in Art & Design and how these themes are revisited, recalled and expanded upon as the children journey through the school.

Year Group Overviews for Art & Design

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Progression for Art & Design






Learning Journey for Art & Design

Watch out for the following symbols in the Art & design Learning Journey: