Vision for Art (Intent)

At Mayfield we believe that art and design should engage, inspire and challenge pupils. We seek to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Art and design at Mayfield stimulates creativity and imagination. It helps develop careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Children are encouraged to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas and to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, pattern, form and different materials and processes. Children explore the work of diverse artists and designers from varying cultures and time periods.

Art Subject Leader- Mrs Collier

Long Term Plan

Key Vocabulary

National Curriculum Aims

The National Curriculum for Art 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.

How is Art taught and what does it look like at Mayfield? (Implementation)

Art and Design at Mayfield is taught through a weekly lesson. Each year group completes 3 units over the academic year. These units are designed and sequenced so that pupils can build on their knowledge and skills throughout the year and as they progress through school.

By the end of Year 6, children will be skilled in a range of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, printing and textiles. They will know about the work of artists from a variety of cultures and time periods. We ensure this by:

  • Giving children the opportunity to explore the work of an artist. They are encouraged to identify and discuss artists’ influences and to compare the work of artists they have studied.
  • Teaching key knowledge about artists and art movements.
  • Modelling art skills and techniques, then giving children opportunities to practise them.
  • Encouraging children to express their own ideas and to design their own artwork inspired by the artist they have studied.
  • Asking children to create a piece of artwork that demonstrates the skills and techniques they have practised and shows how they have been influenced by the work of other artists.

Every child in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 has a sketchbook. In EYFS, each class has a class sketchbook. Children are given ownership of their sketchbooks so that they can develop their individual sense of creativity. Sketchbooks are used to practise skills, record ideas and develop knowledge and opinions.

What will my child leave Mayfield knowing, understanding and appreciating in Art? (Impact)

Our children leave Mayfield with knowledge of and appreciation for a diverse range of artists. They will be able to respond to artwork and discuss what artists are influenced by and what messages they are trying to share through their art. Children will be confident to express and communicate their ideas in a variety of ways.

Children will be skilled in a range of art techniques. They will be able to use these to create works of art based on their own designs. Children will have explored a range of materials and mediums. They will have an understanding of what they can achieve with these and will be able to choose which they want to use for a given purpose.

This is demonstrated in sketchbooks and through our broad and balanced art curriculum and embedded key knowledge and vocabulary.

Children will have visited a variety of places to deepen their understanding and bring art to life, including Gallery Oldham. They will have had visits from artists to inspire them and teach them new techniques.

Art Pupil Voice – What do our children think of Art at Mayfield? (Impact)

“I love art because you get to express yourself.”

“We learned all about Faith Ringgold. Her art was so colourful!”

“Art lessons make me feel calm and happy.”

“We have learnt how to draw things like the parts of a face.”

“I love doing this. I feel like a real artist!”

“I’m always excited when it’s time for art!”

Mayfield Primary School is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust

Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity registered in England. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o The Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ. The website address is and the phone number 0161 785 5082.