White Rock Primary School

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White Rock Primary School

Art and Design at White Rock




At White Rock Primary school, we believe that Art is a vital part of the education of all children. The child’s use and understanding of the visual language of Art needs to be developed by effective teaching and by a considered sequence of experiences.

The school’s aim is to provide an Art Curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in learning in Art, through investigating and making, through research and the development of skills and through their evaluation of their own art and that made by others.


‘Children may be literate in the usual sense of the term, but development of visually sensitive or literate children is a fundamental reason for doing art… Artists invent, imagine and analyse, as well as apply colour, sculpt and assemble things. But all these activities contribute to what educates children artistically by making them literate in a particularly visual way. ’

 Rob Barnes ‘Teaching Art to Young Children’ 1987



Teaching and Learning

The National Curriculum for Art aims to ensure that all pupils:

•         produce creative work, as a response to understanding or imagination, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

•         develop their proficiency in drawing, painting, 3D art and other craft and design techniques.

•         evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

•         learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, the ‘Generating ideas, Making, Knowledge, Evaluation’ approach to teaching Art will be followed. In these Key stages, children will learn about a variety of artists and the artist will underpin the approach to creating art by the children. Our youngest children in Nursery and EYFS will be taught Art through their continuous provision and teacher-led Art activities, which have been carefully planned with the Early Years' teaching team All children at White Rock Primary School will develop an understanding of the use of the eight Art elements as outlined in the National Curriculum: line and shape; colour and tone; pattern and texture; form and space

After learning about a particular artist, children will invest time in developing their Arts skills in that area, with a clear progression of skills seen in their sketchbooks. At the end of the unit, children will plan and create a final piece of artwork in the style of or inspired by the focus artist and reflect on the skills they have developed throughout the unit. Regular opportunities to share their creations with other members of the school will be available through display.


Assessment and Recording

Art learning is recorded in sketchbooks across the school (in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two) and should typically evidence all four stages (Generating Ideas, Making, Knowledge and Evaluation). Children will be encouraged to treat their sketchbooks like journals. Each child is unique and each sketchbook should be unique, enabling children to develop their independence and creativity.

Teachers assess children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in Art by making observations of the children working during lessons. Feedback given to children by their peers or teachers is mainly verbal and their art is not marked in the process. Children are also encouraged to be critical of their own work, generating their own next steps in collaboration with the teacher or teaching assistant. An assessment grid is stuck in children's Art books at the beginning of the academic year and referred to by teachers and teaching assistants in order to ascertain success in meeting learning objectives or next steps.



Lessons and activities are planned to include all children by using a range of approaches. This includes: questioning, use of equipment and materials, and mixed ability grouping to enable children to offer peer support. Lessons are planned to facilitate the best possible outcome for all children within the class.


Modern British Values

Collaborative work in Art develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of others. In addition, children develop a respect for the environment, for their own health and safety and that of others. They learn to appreciate the value of similarities and differences and learn to show tolerance. A variety of experiences teaches them to appreciate that all people – and their views – are equally important.

Curriculum Overview

Assessment in Art

Art and Design in the community

SSSH Seagull project - 

White Rock Primary School are taking part in Torbay’s Stolen Seagull Scavenger Hunt (SSSH!). This exciting art project was kickstarted with a visit from local artist – Anna. Children from Year 2, 3 and 5 had an explorative art day learning techniques in collage, print making and painting with acrylics. Our children came up with some fantastic ideas and made their ideas come alive when they created our very own White Rock gulls. These were then put on display around Torbay over the Summer holidays as part of the SSSH! project. Have a look at our amazing seagulls below:


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