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HadlowPrimary School

Happiness, Progress, Success


What is our Intent statement?


At Hadlow Primary school, we encourage children to be as creative as possible. We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils through a broad and rich art curriculum, without fear of failure through creativity. Our intention is to give children the tools needed to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. We encourage them to be critical about art work, theirs and other famous artists, and to have a more firm understanding of the techniques required to create artistic pieces.


We wish to deepen their understanding of how art both reflects and shapes our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world. We aim for pupils to feel excited about art and enjoy their lessons. This allows them to feel more free and willing to take risks and challenge themselves to build upon their understanding and skills.

Through a broad and rich art curriculum, we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils to explore their natural creativity and fear of failure through creativity.

How is art implemented at Hadlow?


Art is taught three terms an academic year, allowing the children to immerse themselves in creativity and exploration. The children explore art through a variety of different medias. They develop upon their skills that are learned sequentially throughout their primary education.


Art is designed to allow the children creative license of their own work. We strive to support the children to be critical with their work, evaluate their strengths and areas of development and celebrate their achievements.


The curriculum intends for children to look at famous artists, reflect upon the emotional and artistic message of the piece and apply these skills to their work. This is done in a supportive, nurturing way with lots of verbal feedback, interlacing with written evaluations as the children progress through the school. When possible, topics are linked to their art lessons, but this is not always the case. Skills are developed and assessed through long term memory implementation in their work, verbal explanations and short quick memory tasks.


However, the most effective method of assessment is through their pupils art books and final piece. Scaffolds are given for SEN children and choices are supported or less varied to help them feel scaffolded and not overwhelmed. All children are encouraged to be creative and support is given when needed for all aspects of art teaching.

"Art is very important to the curriculum. It makes me calm and allows me to express myself." - George Bennett,Year 6


”Being creative is so much fun” - Jessie year 3


”I love being creative! I can show how I feel through my art” - Chloe year 4



How is art sequenced at Hadlow Primary school?


Lessons are taught sequentially, building skills and understanding which concludes into a final piece. Enabling skills to build, allows the children to explore their creativity with confidence and feel pride in their work.

The national curriculum required pupils to:


  • 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

Children learn art and design throughout their whole primary school education. We support children to explore and enjoy creativity in key stage 1 by:


  • Using a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Look at 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.


Within Key stage 2 Pupils we intend pupils 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.
  • 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).
  • Explore great artists, architects and designers in history.

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Hadlow Primary School

Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0EH