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

The expectations in Art and Design for each Key Stage are outlined below:

Key stage 1

Pupils should be 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.
  • To learn 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

Pupils should be 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.
  • 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.
  • To learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Art and Design at Highfield

The artwork created at Highfield is often cross-curricular and links to our creative curriculum. Children study a range of artists from different cultures and backgrounds and use their artwork as inspiration for their own art.

Year Group The Circle of Life Secret Spaces and Curious Collections Bright Lights, Big City
1 Children will use a range of tools and materials, and collaborate to design and build a sculpture.

Artist focus –  Yinka Shonibare

Children will create  a Talking Book and use IT to create a picture.



Children will look at landscapes and abstract art.

Children will create a repeating pattern in print.

 Artist focus –  Mary Swanzy

  Class artist- Gulgee mixed media, pencil lines, primary and secondary colours, mood and feeling

 Artist focus – Ismail Gulgee

2 Children will look at photography and study  human, geometric and floral forms

Artist Focus – Annie Griffiths

Children will look at the use of different materials/

Artist Focus – Chris Ofili



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

Artist Focus – Henri Rousseau

Children will use sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination  
3 Chidren will look at 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 Improve mastery of  sculpture techniques with a range of materials eg wire sculpture
4 Children will explore how different artists have  depicted the human form through time.   


Artist Focus – Pablo Picasso

Create and explore artistic timeline.

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

Artist Focus – Banksy

Children will explore Anglo-Saxon Art & Culture and design and construct jewellery.   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.
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.

Artist Focus – Grayson Perry

6 Children will over print and create different patterns for textiles/wallpaper.

Artist Focus – William Morris

  Children will look at the use of art as propaganda.


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 & evaluate       props & costumes for the 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!