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At Harold Wood Primary School (HWPS) we use Cornerstones as a basis for our Art curriculum. We adapt the scheme to follow the ‘creative curriculum’ approach of integrating art and design into the wider cross-curricular topic areas. Through a child led approach and access to a range of materials, tools and techniques, we encourage children to engage, explore and experiment. This way they can interpret art in their own way as part of their learning journey.


The aim of our art curriculum is for pupils to:

  • Foster an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design.
  • Provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum on art through:
  • Making their own art
  • Appreciating the work of other artists and crafts people from different times and cultures
  • Extending and enriching other curriculum areas.
  • Develop children’s ability to observe, investigate, respond to and record the world around them through a variety of forms and media.
  • Enable children to make increasingly informed and creative choices of media, tools and techniques for a given purpose.
  • Develop their visual language and the ability to express their ideas and feelings in order to evaluate their own work and the work of others.
  • Deliver the National Curriculum expectation to know, apply and understand the key elements of art: texture, line, tone, space, form, colour, shape and pattern.
  • Train children to use tools and techniques safely in accordance with health and safety requirements and to maintain resources carefully and respectfully.


Our creative curriculum approach is used to integrate art and design into the wider topic areas. Children are provided with opportunities to experiment and explore with a wide range of media, tools and techniques so that they can make discoveries for themselves. Techniques and tools are adapted appropriately to the stage of development and individual needs of the child. Emphasis is placed on the planning and processes involved in making art, including: researching, observing, sketching and planning and individual experimentation. Core activities such as observational drawing, colour mixing/ matching, 3D construction and looking at and talking about art are returned to regularly in a variety of contexts. We endeavour to engage specialist visitors to enrich the art curriculum where practical. Also we make use of our extensive nature area as an artistic stimulus.



The art and design teaching at Harold Wood allows children to explore our key ‘REACH’ values of respect, equality, achievement, curiosity and happiness. We feel that it is an integral element of children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural wellbeing. The art curriculum is rich in content and activities which develop children’s knowledge and awareness about their own and others’ cultures and experience of the world.