At Weeth School, we want our children to love art, craft and design. Our art curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge children, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art using a range of media and materials. Art provides children with a visual, tactile and sensory experience. Through this, our children will be able to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern regardless of their ability. The children will have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Our children will develop their knowledge of famous artists and designers and how these link to our Three I’s (inspire, influence and impact)

As children progress through the art curriculum, they will gain a deeper understanding of how art reflects and shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world.

Our art curriculum also acknowledges and develops the 5 core skills at the heart of social and emotional learning: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. Our art curriculum promotes self-confidence, empathy, perspective taking, appreciating diversity and respect for others, communication and reflecting on and evaluating their creations. We ensure that all of our units are well resourced and that every pupil has the opportunity to access this subject.


Our delivery of art follows the National Curriculum and we use our Crofty small steps to ensure progressive and sequential coverage.

The teaching of art is timetabled flexibly dependent on the task and outcome. When an art unit is being taught, this may be done in blocks of time to facilitate the stage of the process.

In EYFS and KS1 our children will experiment with colour and paints to create different effects before observing and drawing a landscape at the end of Year 2, create collages using overlapping and overlaying techniques, explore art from another culture and have experiences in using clay or dough.

In KS2, children will continue to build on the knowledge and skills learned in KS1. They will learn to develop their skills in drawing and sketching by representing 3D elements, creating portraits and develop an understanding of light and shadow in still life drawings. They will also learn to paper weave, further develop their modelling techniques, use a variety of combined media to create a specified effect, make simple sculptures and work collaboratively to create 3D art which conveys a message.

Clear and appropriate cross curricular links are made to underpin learning in multi areas across the curriculum giving the children opportunities to learn life skills and apply skills to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context.

Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

Art Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
FS2 Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.


Self Portraits

Leaf Man Pictures

Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.


Emergency vehicles

Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.


Building homes for different animals and themselves


Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.


Experiment with colour to paint Spring time pictures.

Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.


Create Collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.


Use a variety of materials to draw/paint different plants and animals.

Develop storylines in their pretend play


Children role play known fairy tales using props for play which encourage their imagination.

Year 1 Experimenting with Colour

Create animal pictures. Colour mix primary colours to make secondary colours, create different shades by adding white and black.

Links with Our Kingdom, Our Country

Cornish Coastline Landscape

Building on colour mixing knowledge, and inspiration from Joanne Short, paint a local landscape.

Links with Cornish Coasts

Weather Pattern Pictures

Create pictures depicting world weather (monsoon, hurricane etc.) Inspiration Hundertwasser

Links with World Weather

Clay Candle Holder

Create a candle holder from clay.

Links with Tales of Trengrouse

Year 2 Ocean Scene Collage

With a focus on Laurie McCall’s work, create a collage by overlapping and making purposeful cuts to paper and fabric.

Links to Oceans Five

African Mask

Create a 3D African mask using paper mache.

Links to Camborne to Congo

Colour and Shape

Create an abstract, block like painting experimenting with different tools. Links with Great Explorers of the Sea and Y1 colour mixing

Year 3 Clay Coil Pots

Make a clay coil pot, adding design by imprinting on the outside.

Links to Stone Age to Iron Age and Y1 clay candle holder

Still Life

Create a still life using plants as inspiration. Focus on shading using pencil and charcoal.

Links to Science Plants and Temperate Forests

Rainforest Canopy Mood Weave

Create a class canopy mood picture by weaving fabric and paper.

Links to Rainforests and Y2 Collage

Year 4 Portraits

Create a portrait. Begin by looking at Roman Portrait sculpture and progress to Picasso. Create a portrait in the style of one of the artists.

Links to Rotten Romans 

3D Mixed Media


John Dahlsen create 3D artwork that makes a statement about plastics in our rivers and oceans. Incorporate fabric, items retrieved from beach clean and paper mache.   Links with The Amazon,  Y2 collage and Y3 paper weave


Create an Ancient Greek style pot using clay.

Links with Ancient Greece

Year 5 Pigments and Ink

Create your own pigments and dye fabric. Create a piece of fabric art adding beads and decoration.

Links to Invaders and Settlers, Y2 collage, Y3 paper weave and Y4 3D mixed media

Still Life

Create a still life using acrylic paint to show shadow and create a sense of depth.

Links to Shake and Quake, materials (property and shape) and Y3 still life


African Headwear


Asya Kozina

Create an frican headdress design paper sculpture.

Links to Benin, Y2 paper mache

Year 6 Climate Change Statement Art

Create a piece of art to portray your message about climate change in the style of one of the artists.

Links with The Power of the Community and climate change

Environmental Impact 3D Collaboration

Create a 3D collaborative work with mixed media which conveys the environmental impact of trawler fishing

Links with Newlyn: Fishing and Tourism, Y2 collage using, Y3 paper weave, Y4 3D mixed media and  Y5 fabric and ink artwork 

WW2 Landscape

Look at art depicting WW2, create your own landscape piece choosing a focal point in the foreground. Choose which media you would like to use. Try to create perspective and depth.

Links with Battle of Britain and Y1 paint a coastline landscape