Welcome to Art and Design at Highfield!

As a school, we believe that art lessons should be engaging, experimental and give all the children the opportunity to express themselves. To achieve this, we follow an innovative creative curriculum that incorporates cross-curricular and creative Art teaching.

During art lessons, every child is given the opportunity to experiment and use a variety of different materials, including sketching pencils, printing inks, spray paint, fabric and pastel. Our curriculum also encourages children to enhance their art skills to ensure a steady progression of skills and knowledge throughout their school life.

National Curriculum Outlines

For further details on the Art national curriculum please follow this link:

Year Group A Kaleidoscope of Colours Windows and Doors Marvellous Movie
1 Children will use a range of materials and collaborate to design and build a sculpture


Artist focus – Yinka Shonibare

Creating a talking book using IT (Cross curricular with computing) Children will look at landscapes and abstract art, creating a repeating pattern in print.


Artist focus – Mary Swanzy

Children will create a piece of art using different colours to portray mood and emotion. They will also use mixed media and explore sketching.


Artist Focus – Ismail Gulgee

2 Children will look at photography and portraits. Using IT to capture and edit pictures.


Artist Focus – Annie Griffiths

Children will look at jungle paintings and explore tints and tones and create a collage.


Artist Focus – Henri Rousseau

Children will look at the use of different materials/

Artist Focus – Chris Ofili

3 Children will learn about the historical and cultural nature of art. Using different materials and techniques by various artists, creating abstract art.


Artist Focus –  Wassily Kandinsky

Children will create a background using a wash, use a range of brushes to create different painting effects based on Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’.


Artist Focus – Van Gogh

Children will learn about tessellation by combining 2D and 3D shapes into their artwork, improving their mastery of creating sculptures.


Artist Focus – Maurits Escher

4 Children will explore how different artists have depicted the human form through time,  

creating and exploring an artistic timeline.


Artist Focus – Pablo Picasso



Children will explore subversive/underground art. They will show reflections and emotions in their art and experiment with styles used by other artists.


Artist Focus – Banksy

Children will improve their mastery of drawing, painting and sculpture techniques with a range of materials. They will print onto different materials and sculpt with clay and other mouldable materials.


Artist Focus – Barbara Hepworth

5 Children will explore Islamic art and create rotational symmetry when creating Islamic Tiles. Children will explore complementary colours and pointillism. They will Identify and draw objects and use marks and lines to produce texture.


Artist Focus – George Seurat

Children will study Perry’s  ‘Leave’, ‘Remain’ vases and create their own considering what it will represent.


Artist Focus – Grayson Perry

6 Children will look at the commercialisation of art and textiles in our everyday lives.

Children will create own tshirt bag design.


Artist Focus – William Morris

Artist Focus – Katsushika Hokusai

Children will look at the use of art as propaganda. Debating public sculpture.



Artist Focus –L.S Lowry

Children will compare pop art, with Japanese manga and use e-resources to create art.


Artist Focus – Roy Lichtenstein

Children will design, construct and evaluate props and costumes for end of year production.


As a school we believe that it is important to showcase the children’s artwork within the school environment. We are proud of the artwork the children have created and have many beautiful art displays within our school.

Class artists

Every room at Highfield has been given an artist’s name. The children have chosen a wide range of different artists, both male and female and from all parts of the world. Throughout the year, children will learn about these artists and get the opportunity to create artwork inspired by their class artist.

Artist workshops

Last year, Year 4 had the opportunity to work with environmental artist Cath Rive experimenting with colour mixing, printing leaves, making leaf imprints, using clay and photography.


This year we are thrilled to have a whole school termly topic devoted to Art – ‘Sensational Sculpture’. More details to follow in the Summer Term.

Art Clubs

Different Art Clubs run throughout the school year – after school and at lunchtime.

Things to try at home!

Daytrips to Art Galleries:

  • Camden Arts Centre has free ‘make and do’ art workshops for children every Sunday.
  • Many art galleries including the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and The National Portrait Gallery are free to visit and hold special workshops for families.

Art and Craft Activities:

  • Crystal Names: Mixing Science and Art, bend pipe cleaners into letters to spell your name and watch them grow into crystals overnight in a borax solution.
  • Nail Polish Marble Art: Put those old forgotten nail varnishes to good use and use them as another art material that children can paint with!
  • Artsy Collages: Recycle those old magazines and allow children to cut out their favourite images to create stunning collages filled with things that interest them!