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Art and Design


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.


At Pembury Primary School we use the Cornerstones scheme of learning which contains an ambitious, concept-driven and knowledge-rich, sequence of learning from Reception to Year 6. This is done through a small steps approach throughout the school and includes child-initiated learning for EYFS.

Frequent use of creative books to use art as a way to understand, communicate, invent and record ideas is promoted in KS1 and KS2. Sketchbooks should also be seen as being part of a process through which ideas are collected, developed, researched and reviewed. It has elements of a portfolio, scrapbook, journal and notebook as well as a book in which observational drawings are made.

Children are taught the skills they can experiment with and have mark making activities to explore the medium and what they can do with it. Children are given opportunities to be creative and be able to make choices about their work and learning. They should be given opportunities to develop their own artistic style rather than all children being told to draw the same thing in the same style.

Opportunities for children to visit art galleries and exhibitions are encouraged through ‘memorable experiences.’ Children will exhibit their art work, both at school and in the local community.


Children will:

  • develop an appreciation of art through visits to national and local institutions where possible
  • use a wide range of materials for sculpture, painting and drawing
  • explore different artistic styles
  • learn how to refine their ideas and skills to create a final piece
  • share their work in a variety of ways, including galleries
  • both receive and provide a critique of the artwork created
  • Know how art and design contribute to the culture of our nation
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Pembury Primary School
Lower Green Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4EB
Phone: 01892 822 259 Email: office@pembury.kent.sch.uk