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For our Art curriculum at Padiham Primary School, we follow The Lancashire Themed curriculum. Our curriculum allows children to be creative and inspired.


In addition to the curriculum children are invited to take part in a variety of Art clubs as well as participating in the Arts Award. The Arts Award provides children in Key Stage 2 with a recognised Arts qualification which is assessed by an external body.


The Curriculum

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Our Art curriculum enables children to develop their creativity, knowledge and skills, whilst being inspired to experiment and invent their own art work. The National Curriculum equips children with the tools to become artists, thinking critically and have an in-depth knowledge of artists and how art has shaped our history and cultures. 

Our curriculum shows a clear scheme of work that shows the pupils' progression throughout their time in school. From KS1 to KS2 the children will:  

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences,  

  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques  

  •  evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design  

  •  know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 


The children will be taught key language and meanings, which they will apply to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum. There will be, where applicable, links to develop the children’s learning experiences, which could take the form of whole school art competitions or be linked to a wider cross curricular project.



At EYFS, pupils focus on three main topics which include imagination and creativity, self-expression and communicating through arts.  At Padiham Primary School, we know it is important that our EYFS children have regular opportunities to engage with arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. 



At Key stage 1, pupils will 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.

Pupils will 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.



At Key stage 2, pupils will 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.

Pupils will also be 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] and learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Historically, the children have competed in a number of Art competitions both locally and nationally. One child was lucky enough to win a competition which saw his art work made into a Christmas card for our local MP.


Example of work in KS1

Example of work at Lower KS2

Example of work at Upper KS2

Have a look at one the comments that some of our children have said about art…