At Southbury we follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design whose aims are to ensure that every child:

  • 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.

This will be achieved by pupils being taught:

In Key Stage 1

  • 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

  • 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.

At Southbury children are encouraged to explore and develop their skills through a wide range of media including but not limited to sketching, painting, printing, 3D work and collage.  Although Art is sometimes taught as a standalone topic in our school it has the ability to be weaved throughout the curriculum and we do not under-estimate its importance. Research suggests that the arts develop creativity, a core pre-requisite of innovative mind sets, communicative attitudes and problem solving; it seems obvious that the skill of ‘creating’ is fundamental to the development of solutions. We are continuing to develop our use of sketchbooks from year 2 upwards and will encourage the importance of experimentation, exploration and pushing ideas in imaginative ways. At Southbury we like to celebrate Art with a whole school event where we display our work either as a whole school gallery or in individual classes and invite our parents to visit our school exhibition.

“Every child is an artist” Pablo Picasso


“Creativity takes courage” Henri Matisse


“The world is but a canvas to our imagination” Henry David Thoreau