Art and Design

Subject Intent

Art and design at Woodfield is designed so that children can show an appreciation and understanding of many different forms of art styles and movements. We recognise the nature of the children here and have reflected that in a mixture of artists.  We build upon the notable works of an artist where we can compare contrast and evaluate a range of pieces. Children will be taught the skills needed to create their own artwork using the influence of others as a starting point.  

Subject Progression

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Click to view Art and Design Subject Progression EYFS to Year 6




Early Years

During the Early Years, young children will be given the opportunity to explore colour, texture, shape and form in two and three dimensions. The children will have access to a wide range of constructions, collage, painting and drawing activities, using appropriate tools and art materials. In order to tap their artistic potential, the children will be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas.​

Key Stage 1

During Key Stage 1, Art and Design is about expanding children’s creativity and imagination through providing art, craft and design activities relating to the children’s own identity and experiences, to natural and manufactured objects and materials with which they are familiar, and the locality in which they live.​

Children will explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes and begin to understand and use colour, shape and space, pattern and texture, to represent their own ideas and feelings.​

Children will focus on the work of artists, craftspeople and designers by asking and answering questions, such as: ‘What is it like?’ ‘What do I think about it?’​

Key Stage 2

During Key Stage 2, Art and Design is about fostering children’s creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes, through providing more complex activities. Children’s experiences help them to understand the diverse roles and functions of Art and Design in the world around


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Home Learning


Phase What are children learning this half term? How can I support my child's learning at home?

Early Years (Nursery and Reception)

In EYFS we have been focusing on adding detail to our creations.

Mister Maker has been learning all about Wassily Kandinsky and Andy Warhol. They both use lots of bright colours and different shapes in their work just like we have been in school. Can you create something just like them?


Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Year 1 have been practising their brush skills and use of primary colours through the style of Wassily Kandinsky.

Year 2 have been exploring use of block colours to create Andy Warhol inspired pop art portraits.

Year 1 – Why not create your own musical artwork inspired by Wassily Kandinsky?


Year 2 – Find out more about Andy Warhol and Pop Art here -

Give it a go – have a go at designing and making your own Pop Art artwork

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

Year 3 have been exploring the work of William Morris and using his style to replicate patterns they found in natural or built environments.


Year 4 have been experimenting creating mood with colours. They have used watercolours to create washes and then add in detail in the style of Claude Monet.

Year 3 – Take a look at this video about William Morris and the industrial revolution, do you agree with what William Morris and his friends thought? Can you design and make something, inspired by William Morris, that is one off, unique and hand crafted?

Year 4 – Look at these paintings by Claude Monet – how has colour been used to create mood in each one? What do you think the atmosphere was like when Monet was painting them? Do you think it was calm? Chaotic? Tranquil? Make a mind map and word bank for each.

Do some research about impressionism – what really is it? Can you create your own piece inspired by Monet?

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)

Year 5 have been exploring the works of Leonardo Da Vinci creating colour palettes inspired by the natural and built up world and practised their pencil skills, lightly sketching their ideas before painting.


Year 6 have been combining colours, tones and tints to enhance the moods of their work. They have been developing their own style while drawing ideas and inspiration from Salvador Dali.

Year 5 – Explore Da Vinci’s life and create a biography

Can you think like Leonardo Da Vinci? Use this information to help you design your own invention just like Da Vinci. Put your pencil skills to the test to sketch and shade your ideas.


Year 6 -  Explore more about Salvador Dali and surrealism here:

Create your own surrealist art work – use this activity to imagine a weird and wonderful scene then put to use your pencil and colour skills to create mood, tones and shading to your piece -



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