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Green Oaks Primary Academy


“Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves and to explore what is possible.”  

Maryann F Kohl 


Art and Design lead: Mrs A Dickens  
Subject Intent:  

 At Green Oaks our high-quality art and design education will engage and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design inspired by others. 

Our pupils understand that Art education is more than practical experiences and are expected to appraise and innovate these works of art in order to build their interconnected understanding of art chronology and expertise. These skills will develop their knowledge of artists, art history and movements helping them to increase their cultural capital and prepare them for secondary education.  All our pupils deserve the opportunity to express themselves creatively using their imagination and own ideas and celebrated within the school environment.  

Subject Implementation: 

Our curriculum is developed from the National Curriculum Art Programme of Study. It is continuously developed and adapted to suit the needs of our pupils, so all pupils, including our SEND and those in vulnerable groups, from EYFS to Year 6 experience quality art education.  Class Teachers use a three-tier vocabulary document to assist in developing the Art culture, to immerse the pupils into subject specific language, this vocabulary is also placed into sketchbooks on title sheet to give pupils access and build confidence in its use. 

Art is taught in every year group by the Class Teacher using the year groups Long Terms Plans. The plans have been developed by the Class Teacher with the support of the Subject Leader to ensure coverage of techniques and methods, exploration of media and materials and to build on previous knowledge ensuring progression through the school.  The Subject Leader works alongside teaching staff to develop skills confidence, offer inspiration and ideas on building learning journeys and promoting exposure to artists, in particular, female artists and craftspeople and those representing diversity from BAME cultures.  Wherever possible, our Art curriculum is taught cross curricular to deepen knowledge and understanding.

Subject Impact: 

By the time pupils leave Green Oaks, they will:   

  • have developed their wider subject knowledge and take with them a bank of fundamental art skills learnt through quality first teaching. 

  •  be confident young artists. 

  •  appreciate the work of others having been given the chance to create their own work based upon the work of others.  


“You need to know how to cut and paint to be a good artist, Henri Matisse cuts. He is good”. Nursery pupil

“Art is important because it helps us be creative and helps us with careers in the future.  If we didn’t do it, we wouldn’t have the experience.”  Year 5 pupil

“I like it when we learn about artists, I really liked Henry Moore. I can sketch, paint and sculpt and use different things for sculpting like metal.” Year 2  pupil