Art and Design 2021/22

Intent - why teach art and design?

At Shield Road we strive to ensure that high- quality art and design education provide children with opportunities to engage, inspire, challenge pupils and learn about great artists. Children will develop the knowledge and skills to be able to enjoy, experiment and create their own work of art and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.  (Based on National Curriculum).


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1.  Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  2.  Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  3.  Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  4.  Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Implementation - how is art taught at Shield Road Primary?

Art is delivered through a specific art skill: drawing, painting, printing, collage/ textiles and sculpture, which is taught during the year, learning and exploring these skills. Children will learn about a range of significant, historical and modern day artist of that skill.

Children have their own art sketchbook, where they can demonstrate their art skill they have explored.  Their sketchbook moves up with them each year and enables them see how their skills have progressed and to reflect on their art and design learning journey.

Teachers follow a clear progression of skill (document below) which ensures pupils are challenged in line with their year group expectations and given the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge. 

Through class discussion, the children 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.

Art lessons are either taught weekly or as a blocked unit, linking with History/ Geography. Cross-curricular links are promoted to allow all children to deepen their understanding across the curriculum. During the year, art will be showcased through whole school artists, special celebrations and festivals. 


Early Years Foundation Stage

Children explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities (see below for long term plan). 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.


Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  1.  To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2.  To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3.  To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4.  About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.    


Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

  1.  To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2.  To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  3.  About great artists, architects and designers in history.

Early Years Expressive arts and design

Impact of Art and Design

The impact of art will lead to progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. The aim will be to leave Shield Road 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, their final pieces and sketchbooks.

Children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified, supported and challenged appropriately. Achievements are celebrated in assemblies, classroom galleries and corridor displays where children's creativity can be displayed and appreciated. 

Children in EYFS are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly  Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.

Shield Road art photo gallery

Some brilliant art websites. Take a look and get creative at home:

*National Gallery of Art – Children's Page.

Examples of outstanding pieces of art completed by other children and a place for ideas for your own art projects.


*Crayola Online
Here you can play fun games and print off your own resources.


*Activity Village
Free printable for all occasions. Greetings cards, colouring pages and craft ideas.


*Go Sketch Club

Inspires children to draw and paint with confidence in order to improve their self-esteem, self-expression, creative thinking skills and general well-being.


Art 2020/21

In Term 3 and 4, our focus whole school artist is Georges Seurat. He was a French post-Impressionist artist and is best known for devising the painting techniques known  as pointillism (using small dot-like strokes of colour in works). All the classes used the style of pointillism to create some wonderful pictures...

Art inspired by English text book, 

Year 4 and 5 have been reading The Lost Thing tells the story of a boy who discovers a bizarre lost creature at the beach and sets out to find somewhere it can belong. The children looked at the work of Lubna Chowdhary. Chowdhary’s brightly coloured three-dimensional forms called Metropolis is a multi-object work of over 1000 handmade clay sculptures, that resemble lively cityscapes

Here are some super examples of the children's own 'Lost Thing' clay sculptures...

Art and PSHE

The classes have linked art to PSHE and using colour to create images about their feelings and emotions. What colour makes you happy? 


Click on the link below to see some of the DT work we have created...

At Shield Road we love art! In2019-20 we will be using different media such as poster paint, acrylic paint, watercolour pencils, clay and modroc plaster to produce wonderful works of art. 


During Term 1 and 2, our focus artist was L.S. Lowry who painted in Victorian times whilst living and working in Salford. Children have enjoyed discussing his painting 'People Standing About'.

Here are some examples of our L.S. Lowry work from Cedar, Oak, Elm, Maple, Silverbirch and Willow classes.

Please click on the pictures to fully appreciate them.


In Term 3 and 4, our focus artist is Piet Mondrian. Here is a photograph of the excellent work produced by Y6 Redwood Class. They used glass paint to decorate glass jars in the style of Mondrian. They looked lovely with tea lights inside them. Children in other classes produced many different pieces of art in the style of Mondrian.

Lanterns at Winter Wonderland, The Mall.

We were invited by the team at The Mall to be one of four local schools to help decorate the trees next to the ice rink at their Winter Wonderland 2019.

50 young artists from across the school lovingly decorated glass lanterns using a tissue paper mosaic and pva glue. The lanterns had solar lights inside them!

Here are some photographs from The Mall. They look brilliant!

Y5 have been busy making the planets. Here is the start of their modelling journey using papier mache.



Remembrance 2018 and 2019


In 2019 we decided to repeat our poppy making, this time using acrylic paint which made the poppies a more vibrant shade of red. We have added these poppies to last year's display and attached them to the fence at the front of the school. They look amazing and provide a focal point for the children to ask questions and learn more about the significance of poppies and Remembrance Day.


In 2018 to commemorate Remembrance Day every child in the school made a poppy using the base of a plastic bottle. We mixed poster paint with pva glue and wire to stick it to our netting. The poppies were displayed in the school hall and we were all very pleased with the results.

Lantern Designing

We have been invited by The Mall at Cribbs Causeway to help decorate lanterns for their Winter Wonderland. Here are some of the children having fun decorating the inside of the lanterns with a mosaic using tissue paper. Children from every class were chosen to help with this activity and the lanterns will be lit up using small solar lights. They will look wonderful and we can't wait to see them installed at The Mall.