At Gainsborough Primary & Nursery School, we believe that Art and Design lessons can provide children with opportunities to develop imagination and creative thinking.

On this page, you will find a breakdown of the topics we cover in Art throughout the school year, a few examples of the fantastic Art and Design work created in our Art lessons across the school and internet links that you might find useful at home. 



Art and design stimulates imagination and creativity and involves children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences which enables them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern.  Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us.

Our art curriculum provides children with the opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and techniques.  Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage and sculpture, using materials such as pencils, charcoal, paint and clay.  Children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work by thinking critically about how they could improve or change their techniques.

These skills will improve and progress year on year as they are revisited in greater depth and become embedded.

Children are introduced to a range of famous artists and their works, and learn to create their own masterpieces in their style. Our children reflect and learn how Art has shaped history and how it differs globally. 


The art curriculum at Gainsborough Primary & Nursery School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each key stage.  Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills document.  In the Early Years Foundation Stage pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities.

Our art curriculum is a skills based sequence of lessons which is accessible to all.   We provide all pupils the opportunity to achieve and exceed the national expectations by:

  • participating in high quality art lessons provided by class teachers and where possible local artists and experts      
  • incorporating different genre to ensure children have lots of choice and develop crucial skills and techniques
  • developing and using key knowledge and vocabulary
  • providing the correct materials and tools to develop specific skills and techniques

Progression is planned for to ensure that key skills are revisited and children are given the opportunity to embed, build on and extend prior learning.

Or curriculum is further enriched through our annual school Arts Week where pupils have the opportunity to explore art from different cultures in more detail.


Our art curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
  • A celebration of learning which demonstrates progression across the school
  • Pupil discussions about their learning, including discussion about their thoughts, ideas and processing and evaluations of work
  • Work scrutinies
  • Lesson Observations


Multicultural Arts Week - 20th - 24th January 2020.

A HUGE thanks to all teachers and support staff for planning and preparing such a diverse week of amazing artwork and an extravaganza of music & dance.  

Year 1 - explored Australia; they designed and made boomerangs.  They also made didgeridoos and Aboriginal artwork.  Finally they finished their week learning an indigenous tribal song.

Year 2 - looked at Scotland; they designed their own tartan and performed a Scottish country dance.

Year 3 - they mixed Art & DT to design and make a volcano.

Year 4 - concentrated on Mexico; they learned some of the lingo and discovered one of the festivals they celebrate is “The Day of the Dead”, so they replicated the masks and performed a Mexican song & dance.  They also made their own skirts to wear in their performance.

Year 5 - Brazil

Year 6 - 


Every child is given a sketchbook to record their ideas, skills and artwork; this book continues to move up school with them until they reach the end of Year 6.   This means every child has a fantastic keepsake of their artwork and their time at Gainsborogh Primary & Nursery School!

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