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Ormesby Primary School

Art and Design

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton

What do we want children to gain from Art and Design and why is this important?

Our Art and Design curriculum has been developed to stimulate creative thought, ambition and imagination in our pupils. It is our intention to provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences, promoting a special way of understanding and responding to experiences and environments. We want our children to communicate ideas and feelings through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern, using a range of materials and processes. We aim to expose children to a range of visual art and encourage their appreciation for this, enriching their lives and allow them to connect with the situations, ideas and emotions of others. We aim for pupils to develop the confidence to make aesthetic and practical decisions through their own creative work, and to develop their individual tastes and preferences through studying the work of local and internationally known artists and designers. We want pupils to understand and access the therapeutic benefits of the arts and support their well-being through reflection, self expression and collaboration with others. When learning about the roles and functions of art, Ormesby Primary School’s pupils explore the impact it has had on contemporary life in Middlesbrough and that of different times and cultures.

How do we teach Art and Design?

We develop children’s curiosity, ideas, skills and understanding through a broad range of activities, including practical tasks, discussion and educational visits. Our younger pupils in EYFS and Key Stage 1, move through sequences of activities and experiences that develop their early creative skills in the key areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. In Key Stage 2, children progress to using sketchbooks to map their own creative journeys, exploring these key skills in greater depth. Whole-class teaching, group activities and workshops lead by our staff, artists and experts from local organisations such as Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) and Teesside University. Throughout school, the topics provide an engaging starting point for children’s creative journeys, with strong links to History, Geography and Science work. Children have access to a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT, to support their work. Children are introduced to the work of both internationally known and local artists during their time at Ormesby Primary, and they are encouraged to respond to what they see, think and feel when experiencing the work of others. Local galleries, sculptures and landscapes are utilised to provide ‘real life’ experiences for our pupils and support their appreciation and understanding of the creative process and the communication of ideas.

What is the impact of Art and Design?

  • Pupils develop a positive self image and have the confidence to explore, take risks, solve problems and express themselves
  • Children test different approaches and techniques, developing resilience and an understanding of the creative process
  • Children help to shape their environments and are involved in developing their creative curriculum
  • Pupils have an appreciation of various forms of visual art and can use inference skills to explore meaning
  • They understand that expression and creative activities can contribute to their individual well-being
  • Children evaluate and celebrate their own work and that of other artists, recognising that opinion is a matter of personal taste
  • They begin to develop knowledge of careers in the arts and possibilities for future study

Teachers track children’s progress against the National Curriculum objectives for Art and Design. This information helps teachers to plan for future learning and identify children who require support or further challenge.

What do children learn in each year group?


Progression of Skills

School Games Mark Gold Award
Eco Schools Silver Award
Music Mark
Artsmark Gold Award
Ironstone Academy
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