In Art we aim to:

  • Develop a love of Art and its ability to express creativity.
  • Engage, inspire and challenge children.
  • Develop hands-on practical opportunities for pupils to explore working with a range of materials and tools.
  • Equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment.
  • Further enhance social and emotional wellbeing in all children.
  • Deliver high quality Art across the school.
  • Provide progress to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
  • Know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
  • Achieve and exceed the expectations within the National Curriculum.
  • Provide opportunities to develop children’s leadership skills.
Please see the document links at the end of this page to learn about the full Art Curriculum at Sandy Hill Academy.
In Nursery our Art learning is demonstrated within the area of learning 'Expressive Arts and Design' in the EYFS curriculum. The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring a variety of art resources such as chalk and paint, and using them for different purposes.
"I have smudged the chalk to make a firework!" Nursery child, aged 4.
"I mixed yellow and orange paint together and it's made gold." Nursery child, aged 4.
In Reception, Art falls within the 'Expressive Arts and Design' area of learning. Children are taught different artistic methods and techniques and are provided with open ended resources for them to practice and experiment with during their free time. Children will be exposed to artists and their work and will use their work as a stimulus for their own masterpieces.
"We used watercolours to paint the Gruffalo!" Reception pupil, age 4. 
 "I know how to do leaf rubbings. You have to press really hard and you can see all the parts of the leaf!" Reception pupil, age 5. 
Year 1 
In Year 1, we have learnt about David Hosking who is a Local artist and replicated one of his most famous paintings 'Rinsey Paths'. We have been busy exploring different ways to attach materials to make our own self portrait faces to represent our house teams. 
"I liked using different materials to make my self portrait." Year 1 pupil, age 5.
" I learnt that the artist, David Hosking, used to be an Art Teacher." Year 1 pupil, age 6.
Year 2 
In Year 2, we have focused on the strand of painting this term. We have learnt about different artists and how they paint in different styles. Year 2 pupils have used different brush strokes to create texture and effect and used other apparatus to create their paintings.  
'Mixing the white paint with the blue paint has made the paint lighter.' Year 2 pupil.
'You can see the brush marks in the swirls I have painted.' Year 2 pupil.
Year 3
In Year 3, we have focused on developing our drawing techniques.  We explored a range of sketching techniques which were applied when sketching pyramids.  The children then applied their learning to create colourful self-portraits in the style of Frida Kahlo. 
'I chose lots of bright colours for my portrait.' Year 3 pupil. 
 'I sketched the outline of my face lightly so I could get the shape right.' Year 3 pupil. 
Year 4
Year 4 have been learning some different techniques focusing on line and tone in drawing lessons, using various media; pencil, pastels, watercolours. They enjoyed learning the history of Roman pillars and also modified photographs of themselves to create an idea of what Boudicca could have looked like.
"I have really enjoyed learning different sketching techniques and developing my own drawing skills." - Year 4 pupil, aged 9.
Year 5
In Year 5, we have been developing our drawing skills. We have learnt all about different styles of drawings and how to experiment with line, shading and tone to enhance our drawings.
"I enjoyed using the grid method to break down large images into smaller sections." Year 5 pupil, aged 9.
Year 6
In Year 6 we have been perfecting our drawing skills within our topic of World War 2, the children combined all of their skills over the term to create their own works of Art.
'We loved using mixed media to create World War Images' Year 6 pupil.
'We applied our drawing line and tonal skills to create our own pictures.' Year 6 pupil
The wider Curriculum
Useful websites for pupils and parents/carers
Document links
The document below is an example of skills progression in Art for the specific learning strand 'Drawing' from Year 1 to Year 6.
Below shows the Art progression in each year group.

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