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The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. 

Our Vision

Art at Castlewood provides children with the opportunity to experiment, explore and express themselves through a range of media and techniques, using innovative, diverse artists and designers as a platform to develop ideas.

Big Ideas

Techniques - To develop a wide range of techniques exploring colour, pattern, texture, shape, movement and form.

Materials - To work with a range of materials with increasing confidence and control, developing each individual’s creativity and experimentation.

Artists - Learn about a broad range of innovative artists and designers, making clear links to their own ideas and work.

Castlewood Learning Powers - Make explicit links to CLPs, helping children make connections to their own ideas and work and the ideas and work of others.

Knowledge, Skills, Vocabulary and Understanding 

By experimenting with colour, pattern, texture, shape, space and form and using the related vocabulary, children will be equipped with the skills and language to assess their own and other’s work, thoughts and feelings, developing a deeper understanding of art and design and the people who create it.

The children will use their Castlewood Learning Powers to be:

Critical, analytical, expressive, independent, reflective, creative, inventive, thoughtful and productive (Brain) Curious, engaged, keen to try ideas, brave, resilient, inspired, positive. (Soul) Expressive, encouraging, thoughtful, passionate and creative. (Heart)

Content, Coverage and Interleaving 

Reception - Use media and tools through exploration and play to express ideas and feelings. Develop small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and accurately. Return to and build on previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them. Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.

Key Stage 1 - Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. Use tools with increasing precision. Develop techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.  A broad range of artists will be studied. Children will make links between artists and their own work.


Key Stage 2 - Use sketchbooks to review and revisit ideas. Improve mastery of techniques. Work will include, textiles, painting, sculpture and drawing. Study innovative artists who represent a broad, diverse society. 

Cross-curricular Links

Art is used to support many areas of the curriculum including geography, history, computing, D.T and English. Art is also used to support learning during Black History month, Remembrance Day, LGBTQ+ History month and during World Book day activities. 

Progress and Assessment

As the children move from Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 and from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 their art skills will be developed and progression will be clear.  There will be high expectations of all learners. Children will be supported and provided with the appropriate resources to enable all pupils to progress and succeed.

Drawing - Mark making/drawing to enclose space-drawing objects, studying form, sketching techniques including shading, application of drawing skills to multimedia, selecting media according to effect and design.

Painting - Handling tools, holding a brush, setting up a workstation, colour mixing, colour selection, studying colour wheel, using colour for effect, explore differing brush strokes, selecting a paintbrush with purpose in mind, creating a wash, using watercolour, shades of colour, using acrylic, designing and creating with paint effects in mind, using painting skills effectively.

Sculpture - Construction toys, junk modelling, clay, multimedia, creating on different scales, studying sculpture/artists

Sketchbooks will be used as a tool for assessing progress throughout school (Y1-6) Peer assessment and self-assessment will also be used.

Wider opportunities

Key Stage 2 Art/photography Club Horsham Children’s Parade Early Years Foundation Satge (EYFS) annual art exhibition, World Book Day, Year 5 transition workshops with Forest school focussing on printing Seasonal art project opportunities  in local community.

Equality & Diversity

Art at Castlewood will provide the children with a broad, balanced and rich learning experience, representative of a diverse culture. 

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