Stoke Bishop
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At Stoke Bishop, all pupils are given the opportunities to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills they need to express their individual creativity through their own works of Art. They will have the courage to “have a go” at exploring and experimenting with their art work without being afraid to make mistakes.  Children will learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular enquiries, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore Enquiry questions in greater depth. In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and develop their mastery of Art and Design techniques. Children will feel passionate, motivated and excited about Art and feel confident about talking to others about the work of other artists and designers using the language of our Art concepts.  


We provide a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity.  Art is a hands-on activity where such skills involve drawing, painting, printing, collage and sculpture. Within our classrooms, these skills are taught discretely and then developed through a cross curricular approach within other subject areas. Children use sketchbooks to develop and explore ideas, externalise their thoughts and make connections.  They are encouraged to be reflective and to evaluate their work whilst thinking about how they can make changes to improve it.

In every year group children are introduced to the work of great artists and designers from different periods of history as well as from different cultural backgrounds.  This enables children to develop their knowledge of how Art and design shapes our history and culture at the same time as providing a source of inspiration for their own works of art.

Children will learn and explore the key concepts of Art, such as colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space whilst developing their creativity and mastery of techniques. Children of all abilities have opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge as they move up through school. Each year, we have a whole school Art ‘event’ around the themes of Spirituality, Community or Possibility where these themes are explored and children can see their Art displayed in the local area.

Foundation Stage

Within the Foundation Stage we run continuous provision, where children have free access to all resources and opportunities, allowing them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding at their own pace and interest. We relate the creative development of the children to the points set out in the Foundation Stage Profile, as well as the age-related expectations in Development Matters which underpin the curriculum planning for children from birth to five. The children’s learning includes: art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play. The range of experiences, encourages children to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extends their understanding.

Key Stage 1 and 2

Key Stage 1

Children are taught;

  • 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

Children are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Our pupils are taught:

  • 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 Stoke Bishop our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Children will be assessed against the national curriculum objectives as, Pre-Key stage, Working towards, At Expected and Above, 2 times a year. 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 for each term, which demonstrates progression across the school;
  • Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work

Children in Stoke Bishop will be become creative learners, who have knowledge of both local artists and the great artists of the world. Creativity and innovation will be celebrated and children will become skilled at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imagination. Children will have embedded the key art and design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art.  

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