Increasing the creative skills of the children at Chilwell Croft Academy is of great importance. We have worked closely with our Artist in Residence to develop our art planning, enabling the children to experience a wide variety of art skills and techniques. We aim to 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.


The aims of the national curriculum for art and design are 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.


At Chilwell Croft Academy, through carefully planned units of work, pupils are taught:

In Key stage 1

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


In Key stage 2

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Themes for the artwork covered in each year group are either linked to cross-curricular work from history, geography and science or based on the study of a particular artist.




Autumn Spring Summer


Drawing and mono

print skills  –

Self portraits



Collage skills, mixed media – Combining a variety  of materials


Drawing and painting skills, printing techniques – fruit & vegetable prints


Drawing and printing skills – study of A. Goldsworthy work.


Modelling – making a

clay pot


Collage skills – using fabric



Drawing and painting skills – Stone Age style paintings



Drawing and painting

skills – Georgia O’Keefe flowers


Printing skills – repeating tile patterns



Drawing and painting skills – Egyptian style scene


Ceramic work – mosaic tile patterns/Roman art


Drawing and painting skills – Victorian portraits



Drawing and mixed

Media skills – design

An Anglo Saxon coin



Drawing  and construction skills – Viking long boat



Drawing and painting skills – study of a  South Amercian artist



3D skills – Mayan



Drawing and painting skills – landscapes