Clover Hill Primary School

Art and Design

Subject Overview

Clover Hill Primary School Drivers

Long Term Memory

We ensure that the knowledge and skills that we teach in art are reinforced and consolidated continuously as the children move through our school. Children grow in confidence as they are given opportunities to embed, refine and develop key skills.

Enquiry Based Learning

We aim for our children to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We want our children know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Real Life Relevance

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We want our children to see the real life relevance of the experiences they have in art at Clover Hill. We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We explore and appreciate the works of artists, craft makers, designers and sculptors.


We want children at Clover Hill to:

  • 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 understand the historical and cultural development of their art form

In Key stage 1 it is our aim to teach pupils:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • 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.

In Key stage 2 it is our aim to teach pupils:

to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
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]
about great artists, architects and designers in history.

The Art and Design curriculum at Clover Hill was set up with the Art and Design Programmes of Study in mind along with the many cross curricular links from other foundation subjects that lend themselves to art work. Medium term plans are created by each class teacher to show the progression of skills taught within each unit. We aim to teach, practise and refine art skills.


We develop many skills over the year groups including colour mixing, collage, painting with a variety of different paints, weaving, shading, blending, sketching, perspective and sculpture. We aim to use a variety of different mediums in our work. Each year group have their own artists which they celebrate the work of and then use their work to influence their own. We enjoy educational visits to local art galleries and have tackled large scale art projects within school. We participate in many local art competitions and have displayed our work in the local community. We have also used our skills in art to raise funds for school by creating and selling pieces of work, this includes cards, calendars, baubles and framed pieces of art.


All provision for pupils with SEND is in line with the school’s SEND Policy.

Equal Opportunities

At Clover Hill Primary School, the curriculum for Art and Design will develop enjoyment of and commitment to stimulating the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all our pupils irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities. All our pupils have a secured entitlement to participate in the Art and Design Curriculum and our teaching approaches ensure the avoidance of stereotyping when planning work or organising groups. All the teaching staff agree that when using reference materials, they should reflect social and cultural diversity and provide positive images of race, gender and disability.

Curriculum Map