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Art Work by pupils of Heckmondwike Primary School

The children in Year 1 have been learning about a variety of famous artists. Their work on Pumpkins is in the style of Yayoi Kusama.


What does Art look like at Heckmondwike Primary School?

At Heckmondwike Primary School we believe young children are their art. Their individuality and creativity flows through everything they do. It is our intention at Heckmondwike Primary School to develop this natural desire for self-expression in Art and Design. Art supports the values of our school as it allows each child to take pride of their work. This subject enables each child to persevere, have integrity, value and respect others and their own work, show determination and not give up. This subject provides stimulation, challenge and enjoyment. It also develops tolerance and empathy together with a strong sense of self-esteem.

Through Art, we can share our culture and diversity and enhance the enjoyment of colour, depth and the beauty of our world seen through each individual child’s eyes. We aim to provide high-quality art and design education which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design using a range of mediums. We introduce children to a range of male and female artists from different times and places, positioning art and design in a wider context by making it relatable for the children. We aspire to bring an awareness of how art and design both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

In our EYFS, our children are exposed to a range of art skills and mark making on a daily basis. This is where they are introduced to basic language needed for Art as well as an introduction to the five areas of Art (painting, drawing, sculpture, collage/textiles and printing).

In KS1 Art and Design builds on the Early Learning Goals of Expressive Arts and Design as they continue to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the National Curriculum 2014. In Key Stage 2, these skills are further developed focusing on each area at a greater depth. Expecting each child to be taught skills but allowing them to experiment building on their previous knowledge.

We believe it is important to assess during lessons to determine next steps with every individual and the class as a whole.  The use of teaching assistant or teacher led groups or individuals is encouraged to scaffold learning or to challenge children’s thinking; they are important to support all children’s learning. Every child is encouraged to reach their potential through careful differentiation. Supported children are given more opportunity to embed the skills and thinking, whilst the greater depth children are encouraged to think, create and apply their skills at a more complex level requiring justification and explanation if needed.


The impact of this will be seen as the child independently takes action to try to refine technical and craft skills to improve mastery of materials and techniques. They will confidently follow intuition and instinct during the making process, making intelligent and confident creative choices. Furthermore, they will independently select and effectively use relevant processes in order to create successful and finished work. Most importantly, feel safe enough to take creative risks, enjoying the journey.


I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say in any other way- things I had no words for.” - Georgia O’Keefe 

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Art curriculum on Balance

At Heckmondwike Primary School we use a school improvement toolkit called Perspective Balance, where the curriculum content for every subject is kept. Please click here to see the Computing curriculum in Balance.