Clifford Primary School

Clifford Primary School




What Art and Design looks like in our school:

* Teachers will follow the long-term plans

* Fundamental skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, structure, IT drawing programs and collage being taught on a two-year rolling programme.

* Teachers will plan and deliver practical lessons from the long-term plans, building on skills taught from previous years

* Children will be given the opportunity to design, make and evaluate a product each term, generally linked to the class topic.

* Teachers will provide high quality modelling and scaffolding of skills

* A school full of beautiful art displays

* Whenever possible local artists, parents and the Hereford Arts college being used to support the teaching of art and display our children’s work


End of EYFS: 

They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


End of KS1

  • know how to cut, roll and coil materials, create a printed piece of art by pressing, rolling, rubbing and stamping know how to make a clay pot and know how to join two clay finger pots together
  • know how to use IT to create a picture and use different effects within an IT paint package
  • know how to show how to create moods and show how people feel in paintings and drawings using pencils, charcoal and pastels to create lines of different thickness in drawings.
  • Know the names of the primary and secondary colours and how to mix colours to create tints and tones
  • Describe how artists have used colour, pattern and shape, ask questions and give opinions about artists work. Be inspired by artists


End of lower KS2:

lower KS2:

  • know how to use sketches to experiment with textures and facial expressions including body language to produce a final piece of art
  • know how to use digital images and combine with other media know how to use IT to create art which includes their own work and that of others
  • know how to use different grades of pencil to shade and to show different tones, textures and colours to represent figures and forms in movement and know how to show reflections
  • know how to create a background using a wash and a range of brushes to create different effects in painting
  • know how to use line, tone, shape and colour
  • know how to print onto different materials using at least four colours.
  • know how to sculpt clay and other mouldable materials.
  • know how to compare the work and techniques of artists from different historical periods and cultures and experiment with the styles used.


End of lower KS2:

  • explain why chosen specific techniques and tools have been used
  • know how to use feedback to make amendments and improvement to art
  • know how to use a range of e-resources to create art and choose appropriate media to create maximum impact
  • know how to use shading to create mood and feelings and emotions
  • know how to organise line, tone, shape and colour to represent figures and forms in movement.
  • know how to create an accurate print design following given criteria including how to overprint to create different patterns
  • use a full range of pencils, charcoal or pastels when creating a piece of observational art
  • research the work of an artist and explain the style they use to replicate a style
  • understand what a specific artist is trying to achieve, why art can be very abstract and what message the artist is trying to convey




  • To inspire children’s designs children will be given the opportunity to explore the work of other artists and experiment with different artists techniques.
  • Each child will have an art book to record their ideas through the design process
  • Lessons will be fun and engaging, developing children’s Art skills and knowledge.
  • Teachers will follow the long-term plans which sets out a logical progression from one year to the next.
  • In our reception class children are given a wide range of materials and tools to explore.
  • In other years the art skills are taught in blocks, sometimes a period of simultaneous afternoons, sometimes through art days /weeks and it is used to enhance topic work
  • In the lessons, children will be taught to use a variety of techniques and resources.
  • Children will evidence their work though photos and videos, and save them on seesaw. Written evidence of designs and evaluations will be found in their art books.
  • Whenever possible children will have the opportunity to work outside and enhance their skills and knowledge through trips
  • Each year each class will have the opportunity to produce work for displays in Hereford Art college


  • Children who have mastered the Art skills and techniques appropriate to their age’
  • Children who can produce creative art work using a variety of mediums
  • Children who can evaluate their own work and the work of others
  • Confident, happy children that are willing to have a go, be creative and produce work that they are pleased with.
  • Self-motivated children
  • Children that support each other


How do we know?

Coordinator monitors planning and delivery throughout the school; book scrutinies, learning walks, pupil interviews, teacher questioning and observations.