Art and Design

Pupil voice - our children think that art and design is...

“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” 

 Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate  

Art and Design 

Art at Grappenhall Heys provides the children with different stimuli, giving them the opportunities to interpret their own ideas using a variety of techniques to produce unique creations. Children become empowered to find their own connections and contrasts in art by exploring and experimenting in the rich environment around them, for example different textures in our school grounds. Children are given opportunities to make choices of techniques and tools they should use, building on knowledge from prior learning. They use progressive vocabulary that guides their pathways of exploration and justification. The use of questioning in art at our school is critical to build upon ideas and often inspire one another to re-visit and re-shape their creative experiences.

Our children are proud of their art creations and are able to use them in other subjects, presenting them at local exhibits. A strong sense of belonging is created when the children see their own art displayed. The local community network drives the involvement of many artists and role models for the children that are relatable to their lives. Parents are involved in art projects that are used to celebrate the school.  

Children reflect on their work through the interpretations they voice during their art experiences, as well as through self-reflection that is often documented in individual sketch books in Key Stage 2. They develop a strong spirit to continually challenge themselves and seek further knowledge to support their ambitions. They support one another to believe that reaching levels of excellence is achievable through a willingness to take risks with an enthusiastic resilience and to see a journey through to completion way beyond an original idea.   

We believe that all children should have the opportunity to develop in different areas:


What does my child learn in school?

Please click here to see our Long Term Plan for Art and Design

Please click here to see the Art and Design National Curriculum

Please click here to see the Progression Map for Art and Design

What do we do to make Art and Design special?

Throughout the year children have many opportunities to be reflective learners and enhance their personal development. Each year, the school joins a number of other Warrington schools to produce work to display in the Primary Arts Network Exhibition in Warrington town centre. Each class produces 2D or 3D pieces of artwork based on a theme. In English lessons throughout school children produce writing linked to that theme.                                             

How is my child assessed?

Children are assessed from their understanding of key elements  taught and skills gained. Children's vocabulary and knowledge will be revisited and developed each year as they progress through the Art and Design curriculum.

How can I support my child at home?

We welcome parental support to secure understanding of the Art and Design curriculum. You could try:

- Using topic themes, reading book focuses and home learning opportunities to explore different media to create pieces of art.

- Taking your child to visit local museums and art galleries to learn about and appreciate art and design through time.

- Supporting your child with the use of Purple Mash to design and create their own electronic art that can be edited in school and at home and can also be shared with their class and class teacher.

Please speak to your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Topic books and Art sketchpads will be used to support children in class:
- To practise drawing techniques such as shading, perspective and drawing from different viewpoints.
- To practise certain skills and features, and gather information for use on a larger piece of work.
- To record details about the item being drawn or sketched for future reference.
- To include sketches and working drawings for ideas of things the children want to make.
- To gather information to give specific knowledge of how things are made or work.

National Curriculum Outline

The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts of the Art and Design are set out in the EYFS Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014, where they are categorised into programmes of study.

EYFS: In Early Years, the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Curriculum and Development Matters documents are used for planning and assessment. In the Foundation Stage, pupils experience a wide range of activities linked to Expressive Art and Design. Activities are planned for children to play, explore, actively learn and develop their thinking skills in Art and Design through focused, continuous and enhanced provision.

KS1/2: In Key Stage 1 and 2, in line with the National Curriculum, lessons are planned and taught to ensure coverage of all of the key elements of Art and Design. In order to achieve these aims, the pupils will be given opportunities to value their own and each other’s ideas and work. Children work individually or collaboratively in pairs or larger groups and use preliminary investigation  through the use of sketches, first hand experience, visiting artists to work with children to motivate and inspire and give them the experience of working with a professional, use of a range of materials (2D and 3D),  computer software and apps, artefacts and visits out in the surrounding area. Through the evaluation of ideas and methods, children will see that their work is valued, celebrated and displayed around the school.