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Art and Design

Queens’ Federation: Art Subject Statement


At the Queens’ Federation we aim to foster ‘Learning for Life.’

We will provide a rich, relevant and inspirational curriculum that promotes a lifelong love of learning and equips our pupils with the key knowledge and understanding, skills and personal qualities that they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our curriculum is designed to be relevant to our children and is linked to the context of our school and the local community.

At the Queens’ Federation, we believe that art is a valuable part of a child’s education. Our art curriculum aims to develop creativity, engage and inspire pupils and equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they will develop their critical abilities and their understanding of the visual language of art and design including line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and 3D form.


Our art curriculum, is designed to support pupils to develop an understanding of their own cultural heritages and the cultural heritages of others through the study of a diverse range of artwork and artists, both locally, nationally and internationally. Pupils will experience a wide range of media and tools and will have the opportunity to apply their understanding of this media in a range of contexts. Skills and knowledge are built upon year by year and are sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all pupils. Lessons offer opportunities for experimentation and exploration in addition to the production of finished piece of work.

Our art curriculum is enriched through careful links to other areas of the curriculum and is further enhanced through the study of inspirational artists and renowned pieces of work. Alongside this exploration, first hand experiences such as visits, trips, use of the local area and workshops with local artists provide pupils with a real life context on which to base their artwork.

We view assessment as a holistic process, which takes place in every lesson through observation of, in questioning and in conversation with pupils and in the production of art and design outcomes. Art assessment criteria set out the key knowledge and skills that a pupil should achieve at the end of each unit of work.


Pupils leave the Queens’ Federation with an appreciation and understanding of art in the world around them. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design and view themselves as artists, whose art style is important and valued. Pupils have a clear understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture and creativity of our locality, nation and world. Pupil outcomes evidence a broad and balanced art curriculum and at the end of each year, pupils achieve age related expectations and retain the knowledge and skills learnt from each unit of work.


‘Every child is an artist.’

Pablo Picasso.

At its heart, Art is a subject that should engage people of all ages creatively, intellectually and personally.

The Art curriculum we deliver at Queen Edith’s aims to inspire and challenge children from Reception to Year 6. It strives to build skills and knowledge, year on year, thus equipping children to develop their curiosity as well as their ability to experiment with a finite number of resources, but an infinite measure of imagination.

We believe art and design needs to enable children to express themselves and their perception of the world around them using different media and stimuli.

In addition we aim to cultivate an appreciation of the artists that they learn about, and hope to nurture a deep sense of curiosity and understanding of artwork that they encounter.

Here at Queen Edith’s, Art also aims to be a method of expression, showing evidence of understanding, transferable across all subject areas.

The National Curriculum states; pupils “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.”

After building on the basic skills required to use the tools and media we offer, effectively, we aim to enable children to progress in their fluency of expression within these limitations. On a practical level, we encourage the development of artistic responses to concepts and experiences that children encounter, as well as learning basic artistic strategies to enable their expression. Additionally, we aim to expand the understanding and appreciation of art through history. How it can mirror the moods of society as it evolves, embrace the progression of artistic techniques and utilise developing media for expression on many levels.

Melanie Lacey

Art Lead

Queen Edith Primary

  Autumn Spring  Summer


Autumn pictures.  Exploring media and materials.  Exploring instruments.  Moving to music. Developing role play areas alongside children's interests. 

Firework art. Designing gingerbread men. Christmas cards and artwork.  Developing narrative in play. Exploring sound and colour. Christmas songs. Artwork of the month. Painting and printing autumn colours. Develop role play with children's interests. Encourage plan, do, review.

Making a boat for the boy. Artwork of the month. Role play with children’s interests. Develop ‘plan, do, review’. Polar scene. Snowflakes. Ice music- cold sounds. Sensory tray. Penguin song. Snow song. 

Artwork of the month. Role play with children’s interests. Develop ‘plan,do, review’. Building and testing bridges. Design a troll. Troll kitchen in the garden. Observational drawing. Use of watercolours.

Artwork of the month. Role play with children’s interests. Develop ‘plan, do, review’. Design a musical instrument. Make a house for the three pigs. 

BBC red riding hood songs. Butterfly painting. Clay minibeasts. Wax resist pictures. Artwork of the month. Role play with children’s interests. Develop ‘plan, do, review’

Year 1 Observational drawings of natural objects, using pastels. Fireworks using chalk. Collage inspired by Rousseau. Mini medieval tapestries. Monet inspired garden pictures. Press printing: Sea creatures.
Year 2 Clay: High street model Collage: Princess and the Pea Marbling: Fire and Ice Watercolour: Self-Portraits Observational drawing Artists and their art from around the world (Africa, Australia, South America)
Year 3 Clay: Making Greek pots Pointillism. Matisse. Paisley Collage Cave Art. Observational drawing of flowers.
Year 4  Sculpture. Andy Goldsworthy. Modelling Emotions and Relationships. Mosaic: Roman Art. Islamic Patterns. Perspective Drawing.
Year 5 Egyptian Death Masks. Clay Mummies. African Animal Masks. Mixed media: Abstract art inspired by Peter Thorpes Space Art.
Year 6 Watercolour, charcoal, ink: Blitz Art. Sculpture: Escher Models. Colour, collage, mixed media: About me.

For more information please click on the link to view our Art Policy on our Policies page.

Academic Year 2022-2023.


Children in Nursery enjoy a range of art during each session. They enjoy colour and colour mixing and use paint, crayons, chalks and natural materials such as mud to make marks. Children take part in role play and small world play and enjoy creating scenes using their imagination. Children explore different textures and enjoy mark making on our giant blackboard in the garden.


Year 1

Year 1 have been mark-making and exploring tone and shade using artist’s pencils. They used their skills to make observational drawings of trees.

Year 2

In art in the summer term, the year 2 children investigated the effects of using different painting techniques, such as stippling, spattering and crosshatching. They also experimented with different sized paint brushes and thought about how they could be used most effectively; for example, a thin brush is best for painting detail but a thick brush can cover background area easily. They looked at the effects used in some famous paintings and worked to recreate these.


Year 2 have been working on observational drawings of plants. They were drawing ‘from life’ (real plants in front of them rather than pictures) and created some super-lively sketches!

Year 3

Some examples of printing with string and cardboard print blocks. Year 3 were using the paisley motif in a repeating design.

Year 4

Year 4 have made fantastic faces on the trees in the school field. They don’t last long, but when they fall, the clay returns to the ground where it came from, and the organic decorations simply decay back into the earth. A totally eco-friendly artistic practice, which the children love. 


In Year 4 we practice ‘Anti-colouring’ on Friday mornings. The children are challenged with a part-drawing on a sheet which they then have to use their imagination to complete. They come up with some amazing ideas!

Observational drawing is practiced in every year group at Queen Edith. Here are some of the drawings of plants and flowers completed by the Year 4 classes. Notice their use of shading and close observation of how stems and leaves join.


Year 5

Egyptian Block Printing 

Children in Year 5 have enjoyed investigating a range of traditional Egyptian patterns which they used as inspiration for their own printing block. After drawing their design on a printing block, children used different techqniues (including ‘inking up’) to spread an even layer of paint, before pressing down firmly and lifting the block up slowly to reveal the design.

Year 6

Year 6 learn about World War 2 and complete an amazing Art Unit on Blitz inspired paintings. As well as some amazing paper mache models of planets.