Art and Design at Slindon

Year 6 art inspired by the work of William Morris..


Our vision is an Art and Design curriculum that engages and inspires children to express their individual creativity and to produce their own works of art. We provide opportunities for all children to explore, create, and enjoy Art and Design within an enabling environment. We aim for every child to leave Slindon C of E Primary School with a range of Art and Design skills, knowledge and an understanding and appreciation of art, which they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

At Slindon C of E Primary School we encourage children to participate in a variety of Art and Design experiences, through which we aim to celebrate the unique child and build the confidence of all children. The communicative nature of Art and Design is built on a foundation of positive relationships that enables staff to focus on developing the children's ability to develop their self-expression and ability to listen to others.

The four core strands upon which we have built our Art and Design Curriculum include:


Exploring mark-making in all its forms, experimenting with line, tone and texture and using a wide range of materials to express ideas as drawings. Using sketchbooks to record observations about the world as drawings. Learning how drawing is used by artists to develop and communicate their ideas creatively.

Painting and mixed media

Developing proficiency in painting techniques (including exploring colour mixing), painting on a range of surfaces and applying drawing skills to painting projects. Using sketchbooks to practise painting methods and exploring between different media within a piece of artwork.

Sculpture and 3D

Constructing and creating models with a wide variety of materials, investigating ways to express ideas in three dimensions. Developing the ability to adapt ideas and designs in sketchbooks, moving from two dimensions into sculpture.

Craft and design

Producing a wide range of creative work, becoming proficient in a range of making processes. Building on skills in photography, printmaking, textile art and digital media, and exploring design disciplines such as architecture and product design.



In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children are immersed in art through a careful balance of child-initiated exploration and direct teaching of Expressive Arts and Design.  

Across Years 1 to 6, children are provided with opportunities to experience a variety of media and techniques and are introduced to influential artists and craft makers from around the world, both past and present. Within Key Stage 2, our Art curriculum aims to equip children with the knowledge and skills to make informed choices, think critically of their own artwork and that of others, and the children are encouraged to work with increased independence. 

At Slindon Church of England Primary School we recognise the value art plays in the teaching of other subjects. This allows children to make meaningful links, helping to strengthen and build connections in learning. We also extend our Art curriculum further by providing children with regular opportunities to be creative in our outdoor learning environment including Forest School, attend art and craft clubs and by entering local art events.