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Hensall Community PrimarySchoolHigh expectations for all, by all.

Welcome toHensall Community PrimarySchoolHigh expectations for all, by all.



                              Reception                                                       Year 1 and 2                                                         Year 3 and 4



                                                                           Year 5                                                      Year 6 



“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

Pablo Picasso


'Art has the role in education of helping children to become like themselves instead of more like everyone else'

Sydney Gurewwitz Clemens



Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. 



At Hensall Community Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides children of all abilities the opportunity to experiment with skills and materials to widen their knowledge and express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

Our curriculum allows the children to gain confidence in acquiring a variety of artistic skills and techniques through using a range of tools, media and different artistic processes. It contains the appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore, investigate, create and evaluate artwork to enable Hensall pupils to reach, and exceed, their artistic and creative potential. Our curriculum aims to support pupils to respond to and create work inspired by contemporary and famous historic artists, craft workers and designers.

The art curriculum provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work that shows progression of skills, knowledge and vocabulary across all key stages and strands of art. 



Hensall's Art and Design curriculum is built around essential knowledge, understanding and key skills set out in the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. It is taught through creative curriculum themes. Children are exposed to the different aspects of art and design (drawing, paint, sculpture, textiles and printing) each year and the skills and knowledge needed in each area are taught progressively throughout school. The whole school overview and progression map can be seen below. 

As a school we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers and how they contribute to the culture, creativity, history and wealth of our nation.
  • Become prepared for opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of later life.



How will this be measured?

Pupil Voice will show:

  • A developed understanding of the names, key works, styles and techniques of major artists at an age appropriate level.
  • An increasing understanding of the key techniques and methods for each key area of the art curriculum: colour, form, line, tone, texture and shape.
  • A progression of appropriate vocabulary which supports and extends understanding.
  • Confidence in discussing artists, art, their own work and identifying their own strengths and areas for development.


Displays around school and sketch books (KS2) will show:

  • Pupils have had opportunities for practice and refinement of skills.
  • Clear progression of skills in line with expectations set out in the progression grids.
  • Developed and final pieces of work which showcase the skills learned.
  • A varied and engaging curriculum which develops a range of artistic skills.
  • Close studies of the work of well-known and highly skilled artists which supports their understanding of their skills and techniques.
  • That pupils, over time, develop a range of skills and techniques across all of the areas of artistic development.

Here's what some of our pupils say about Art at Hensall.

"You can use your imagination, make things up or draw real things."  Matilda, Year 2

"I really like art. I wish we could do it even more!" Bryce, Year 5 

"Teachers show us new techniques like blending which we can use these in our art work to make it better." Jack W, Year 6

"You can look at artists to inspire your work like Peter Thorpe for space pictures." Hannah, Year 6 




Curriculum Progression Documents 


The curriculum progression document for art shows how we map subject knowledge and skills sequentially from EYFS to Year 6. In each year group, we know the order of what our pupils have learnt, what they are learning and what they will need to learn in the future. This document enables us to identify any gaps in learning that need to be addressed to ensure that new learning makes sense to our pupils.


In addition to this we also map out subject specific vocabulary across school and examples of texts that may be used in different year groups.