Teaching Art at Over Hall Community School

'Be supported, feel supported - make a difference'

Art Lead: Miss Collins


Here at Over Hall, the aim of our high quality Art curriculum is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils. This has been recognised and we have recently received the Artsmark Silver award.  Our curriculum enables the children to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of Art. Over time, our curriculum supports the development of being able to think critically and develop a more detailed understanding of this subject. Also, we aim for the children to gain an insight into how Art reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture and creativity of our nation. 

We aim to ensure that all children:

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

We aim to develop pupils’ abilities, experiences and enjoyment of Art. We want children to be Capable, Cultured and Creative:

Capable - Children are able to identify that Art is a skills-based subject, and explain how it could help to equip them with knowledge and skills for their future. They are determined to improve their skills throughout their time at school.  

Cultured - Through regular teaching, pupils will have a deeper level of understanding of culture, through Art. They respect how designers create products and how artists product pieces.  

Creative - Children will have developed a stronger sense of creativity. They will become more inquisitive, adventurous, take risks and understand that the outcome is only a part of the process.  



 Art is interwoven into the school’s personalised curriculum through a thematic approach, making meaningful links to other elements of the curriculum. This may be through drawing on knowledge and inspiration from art from other cultures, artists from particular periods in history, or art that sends a certain message.  

Each year group will have three main art projects throughout the year, each with a differing focus. One project will be primarily be based around drawing. Children will be developing their understanding of line, mark, tone, form and texture. Another project will focus on a specific artist or designer. Children will analyse their work, explore their methods of working and consider how they can create their own pieces in that particular style. The final project will look at art in a much broader sense. Children will endeavour to produce a piece of work in a different medium, which could be: digital media, painting, textiles, printing, 3-D or collage. 

Children will be encouraged to: 

  • Develop their observational drawing skills, working from a variety of sources. 
  • Draw for pleasure, exploring ideas and using their imagination. 
  • Become confident in a variety of medium, including drawing, painting, sculpting, collaging, printing, photography, textiles and digital media.  
  • Approach and appreciate artwork by learning to decode and understand it.  
  • Conduct an in depth study of an artist or designer. 


Leadership - as a result of effective leadership staff receive training and support ensuring they have the knowledge, expertise and skills to effectively implement Art within their cohort. This is done via Staff Training sessions as well as recommending development courses on the National Curriculum for staff to undertake. Data is generated by Class Teacher judgement and then reported on Insight, where the Subject Lead then collates it and produces a progress table. This is then reported to the Head Teacher and Trustees.


Equal opportunities – All children are given sufficient time to access the Art curriculum which has been carefully designed so that all children are able to access and interact with the content. Through the use of adaptive teaching and scaffolds, all children receive an enjoyable Art curriculum. 


Planning - the long-term plan (as seen below) is for children to continue to develop a broad and deep understanding of Art. Staff members turn the Key Learning Documents into Medium term plans to adequately cover the requirements of the curriculum. As a result, children will be capable of producing skilful observational drawings, work with a variety of media, draw for pleasure, talk about artists work, as well as work in the style of a designer or artist. During the Spring Term, Year 6 focus on preparation for the SATS, this means that their focus Art work is instead taught throughout the Summer Term. 

During their time at Over Hall, we aim for pupils to become Competent, Cultured and Creative within the both the Art and Design curriculum. There are 7 key end points for a pupil to reach by the end of their time at Over Hall, which provide pupils with the opportunity to experience a wide breadth of creative mediums. They are as follows: 

  1. Drawing – Pupils can use line, mark, tone, form, shape and texture to create drawings from observation as well as from imagination. They can draw using a variety of mark making tools.  

  1. Painting – Pupils understand the varying effects of different types of paint. They have an understanding of the colour wheel, including primary colours, secondary colours, complementary colours and contrasting colours.  

  1. Printing – Pupils demonstrate the ability to produce printing plates from ranging materials. They can produce prints using the relief method and the impressed method. 

  1. Collage – Pupils can use a range of media to create collages, using techniques such as tearing, overlapping and layering.  

  1. Textiles – Pupils can use material creatively. They can dye material, print onto it, weave it and use stitching to add detail and texture.  

  1. 3D – Pupils can shape, form, model and construct a 3D sculpture from imagination and observation. They can use a variety of sculpting forms, including recycled materials and clay. 

  2. Digital Media – Pupils can record, collect and store digital information, which they can they manipulate and present. 


Breadth and depth –

Within Key Stage One, pupils will explore a curriculum which allows them to: 

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products 
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination 
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space 
  • Know 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 Two pupils will continue to explore the above points, alongside being able to: 

  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. 
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials. 
  • Know about great artists, architects and designers in history 

Please refer to the Art progression document for a breakdown of knowledge and skills for year groups.


Wider Opportunities - 

As well as completing work inside the classroom, Over Hall is also extremely lucky to have a Governor who plays an active role in working with pupils at the school. Children are given the opportunity to apply their skills and understanding by working on projects to produce large scale pieces, which can be seen all around school. Art also plays a part in enrichment afternoons at Over Hall, where children are provided with opportunities to develop their skills and enrich their cultural understanding.  Also, we recently took part in an 'Arts Aspirations Week' - the children were given the opportunity to meet local artists and have small workshops. Within the workshops, the artists were able to coach the children and support them with their skills through a range of techniques. 



Teachers carry out assessments of the children as part of everyday teaching, and at the end of a unit of work to check learning. Both types of assessment help teachers to plan the next steps and they also help to monitor children’s progress and provide reports for parents and carers.

On entry to Reception, children take part in a national Baseline Assessment to assess skills in all areas. Reception staff record children’s progress using the Foundation Stage Profile. Teachers and Teaching Assistants observe and assess children whilst they are engaging in a variety of activities. The assessments cover all the areas taught in the Foundation Stage, including the child’s emotional and social adjustment to school. The staff use the information they gather to plan appropriate work for all the children in their care. A copy is given to the parents at the end of the school year, and termly updates are sent out.

Teacher Assessment takes place in all year groups throughout the year across the curriculum. Teacher assessments are guided by the subject specific end points presented on each year group's knowledge organiser - accessible to children, parents/carers and staff. Staff will use their Teacher judgement throughout the topic to review the skills that the children have built upon as well as their final pieces of art work. As the children progress in through school at Over Hall, they will also be assessed on their ability to formally write an evaluation of their piece of work. Verbal and summary reports that detail current attainment, progress alongside attendance are given at parent consultation evenings which are held in Autumn and Spring Terms. Parents/Carers are also informed if their child is/is not identified as SEND at these consultations. An annual report is written by staff and shared with parents in the Summer Term. Detailing achievement and progress, a statement and target within the core subjects; alongside an indication of achievement and effort in the foundation subjects; and a final comment upon the whole child.

Subject leaders have a firm grasp of performance and delivery as a result of pupil voice, staff voice, work scrutiny and data scrutiny alongside lesson observation.

During lessons, teachers check that the children have learnt the necessary knowledge and have the skills required to complete the key learning tasks – this is demonstrated through discussion, hot marking and via short quizzes at the start or end of lessons. Teachers also use this assessment in a timely manner to identify common misconceptions and feedback which informs planning and adjustments to their teaching.



Through our teaching and learning of Art, pupils not only become capable, but confident in their skills. They develop an understanding of artistic terminology, and use it in conversations to discuss how work can be progressed. Children can identify the work of artists, talk about art, and work in the style of designers and artists. Most importantly, children will feel like artists as they work on project that fosters their curiosity and creativity. 


*Please see class or key stage pages for learning intentions for each year group.

The Over Hall Community School Art Policy can be found below and under the Policies tab on the school website. Take a look at the gallery to see some of the wonderful work produced by children so far this year!

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