Art Curriculum




Our aim at Farnborough Primary School is to provide the children with an art curriculum that is broad, rich, contemporary & diverse. It’s our aim that by the time every child leaves our school they can feel as if they have found an area of the visual arts that is relevant and engaging to them – that might be through drawing, or making, or designing, or talking about art.
We seek to deliver a high-quality art curriculum which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design to ‘Dream Big to Make a Difference.’
Our Art curriculum equips children with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment and be creative. As pupils progress through the school, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We want children to learn from the process of working creatively and become more confident in creating their own works. Our Art curriculum gives pupils an understanding of how art impacts and enhances our world and so the work of artists and designers is an integral part of the curriculum and celebrates how individuals, ‘Dream big to make a Difference.’



To achieve this it’s important that we create as many different kinds of opportunities as possible so that each child can find the ‘thing’ which engages and appeals. That means covering lots of different techniques, materials and approaches to provide a balanced yet rich offering, with progression of knowledge and skills woven throughout to ensure every child feels entitled to embrace their own creativity as something which is important to them, to ‘Dream Big’ and create something which is valued.

In EYFS, Art is not taught as a specific subject but is a key part of the Expressive Arts and Design area of the curriculum. Children are provided with hands on opportunities to work purposefully, responding to colours, shapes and materials, enjoying the act of making and creating regularly. As they progress, they become more able to sustain concentration and control when experimenting with tools and materials and explain what they are doing. All of these skills help to prepare them for Art in KS1.


Key Stage 1 and 2
Whilst our Art curriculum is based on the National Curriculum as the foundation of our curriculum offer, we supplement it with a rich, broad, diverse and relevant range of experiences and opportunities that we believe enhances their experience of art at Farnborough Primary School.
The core of our Art provision is drawn from the best of the exciting programmes put together by and major gallery websites and art bloggers. Art is integrated into other subject areas to enrich the curriculum. In delivering the Art curriculum, we want children to know about the great artists, architects and designers in history and so looking at artwork is an integral part of the learning. Where possible we try to use art that is currently on show in galleries in London so that the children can go and see the original work.



The measure of this is to ensure that as children progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more informed understanding of art and design, but also they have experienced and enjoyed an arts-rich primary education to foster creativity and be inspired to continue an interest in the arts as they move to Key Stage 3.



Please click on the links below for more:

Art Curriculum Map

Art Progression of Skills and Knowledge Grid

Art Visits Visitors Experiences Grid