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At Holly Grove we aim to maximise the opportunities for every child to succeed, by providing a rich and varied curriculum, that enhances pupil enjoyment and engagement and promotes independence and curiosity. We believe that art is central to a well- rounded education. Art is carefully integrated into topics in order to enhance children’s enjoyment and enrich the topic. Children should also have the opportunity to experiment and create within the Art curriculum. This helps to raise self- esteem and allows children the opportunity to express individual feelings and ideas. Children should have the opportunity to develop particular skills and knowledge across the six aspects of Art and study the work of well- known artists, to include the body of work of famous artists from the past and present.


Purpose of study


In line with the national curriculum, we believe; ‘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. At Holly Grove we believe our pupils should also know how in this country and globally, art and design both reflect and shape history, and contribute to culture.




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.


Year 5/6 Ancient Greek masks and papier mache vases

Year 5/6 Tudor clay roses

Year 1/2 work inspired by Kandinsky