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 resources to use them for different purposes. 
This half term the children have been learning about Hedgehogs! They really enjoyed using leaves that they found in our Nursery garden to create their own Hedgehog pictures. 
"I stuck the leaves on with glue to make my Hedgehog!" Nursery child, aged 4.
"I love doing painting." 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. This half term the children have enjoyed exploring art in nature and learnt a printing technique using leaves and enjoyed exploring colour mixing when painting. The children have also enjoyed being creative while learning about Diwali. The children created Rangoli patterns and Mehndi hand designs.
"We used mixed red and yellow to make orange leaves!" 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. We also enjoyed learning about how famous artists have portrayed the weather and recreated our own version of 'The Great Wave' by Hokusai.
"I like learning how to draw the different face parts for 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 drawing this term. We have learnt about a local artist Sir Terry Frost and how he was a pioneer in abstract art. Year 2 pupils have used different types of media to create their drawings using pencils, pastels, crayons and oil pastels.
'I loved smudging the pastels together to create the fire.' Year 2 pupil.
'Sir Terry Frost has used lots of shapes in his art pieces.' Year 2 pupil.
Year 3
In Year Three, 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.  
We have also drawn 3D pyramids and used different tones to shade these in. 
Year 4
Year 4 have been learning some different techniques focusing on line and tone in drawing lessons. They have used chalk pastels to draw Roman pillars and sketching pencils to draw Roman amphorae pots. We are looking forward to developing these skills more throughout the rest of the Autumn Term and learning more about Jago Silver, our local artist for this term. 
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. The children have developed line, mark making and tonal skills; here the children used observational line and tone techniques to create caricatures of famous World War 2 characters.
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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