Hareside Primary School

Art and Design


At Hareside Primary School we believe that learning within art, craft and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. A high-quality art and design education should inspire, engage and challenge children - enabling pupils to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern. Children will become involved in shaping their environment through art and design activities, involving different creative techniques. They will explore ideas and meaning through the work of artists and designers.  

Aims: The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • 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.


At Hareside we will achieve this by:

  • Teaching art regularly. The children will also have additional opportunities to engage with art and design activities throughout the school year. 
  • Linking art as closely as possible to other topics ensuring relevance and context. Teaching a skills-based curriculum, which covers drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and printing.
  • Ensuring that each child develops their skills and techniques in a way appropriate to them, through clear differentiation and support, active and purposeful experiences, and using a variety of art materials and teaching strategies. 
  • Fostering an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists and designers, involving the children in “Art week” where all children have the chance to enjoy themselves and to succeed.
  • Introducing children to artists both contemporary and historic.
  • Utilising a sketchbook approach, so that children feel safe to experiment and take risks.
  • Encouraging each child to evaluate their art and design work and that of others, both with peers and adults.
  • Celebrating effort, progress and achievement in art through displays, exhibitions and competitions.


We strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning within art and design. As pupils leave our school we want them to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We want our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment that will last a lifetime!

Our Art and Design Curriculum


Artsmark Award

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Artsmark Silver Award!

This prestigious award was given based on how our school has embedded the arts across the school and through ALL subjects. We believe that children's love of learning is greatly impacted by fun, creative and colourful music, art, dance, drama and DT lessons. We also believe that developing these skills in English, Maths and Science has greatly helped all children reach their potential and make excellent progress. This is the first time we have applied for Artsmark, so we were thrilled when we skipped 2 levels and went straight to Silver!