Wardley Primary School
Keir Hardie Avenue, Wardley, Gateshead, NE10 8TX

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Wardley Primary School


At Wardley Primary School, our art curriculum allows children to produce creative work, explore ideas and develop the confidence to excel in a broad range of artistic techniques. Children will learn about a diverse range of artists and cultures from across history and the world. Our curriculum provides children with the opportunity to explore historical and contemporary artists. We will explore the context in which the art was produced and consider the full breadth of human experience and expression through art.

Within our school, each child is issued with their own art sketch book, which they use throughout their time at Wardley Primary School. This becomes a portfolio of their learning and development within art lessons, making them feel like true artists. Their sketch book allows them to experiment with colour and techniques, building up to a final finished piece.

All children will be explicitly taught the formal elements of art – colour, form, line, pattern, shape, texture, and tone—and other aspects of art knowledge in small steps. Children will be given opportunities to revisit, develop and apply their skills with increasing technical proficiency.

Our aim is to build and maintain pupils’ confidence in their ability as artists to create and be ambitious in their choices. The curriculum will develop aspects of character such as resilience, confidence and risk-taking. Through the curriculum, pupils are given opportunities to share, reflect and learn about each other’s experiences while recognising the things we have in common.

We intend to engage, inspire and challenge our pupils by developing their skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Click on the links below to view the knowledge and skills taught within each unit.  

KS1 Cycle A


KS1 Cycle B


I Am An Artist Colour and Tone Painting Water

LKS2 Cycle A


LKS2 Cycle B Pattern and Pumpkin Watercolour Tropical Rainforest Drawing My Favourite Things

UKS2 Cycle A


UKS2 Cycle B Recycled Materials Displacement Art and Identity

 Art Policy 2024

National Curriculum Aims

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • 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 2

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.