The aim of teaching Art and Design in our academy is to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts. It will encourage children to use and develop their imagination and engage, inspire and challenge themselves by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, craft, design and create their own work of art. Children will produce creative work by exploring their ideas, evaluating them, amending and developing these, and recording them in their sketch books. This enables them to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, digital media and other art and design techniques. Children will use a variety of media to create visually interesting pieces of art and know about great artists, craft makers and designers.

As children progress through the academy, they should begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. They should also know how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture and creativity of our nation.


The Curriculum

At Sneyd Academy, Art and Design is fully inclusive to every child. Our Art and Design Curriculum fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art and Design and provides a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of children and prepares them for future opportunities and experiences in later life. Our curriculum ensures the progressive development of knowledge and skills and allows the children to successfully develop their skills in controlling materials and tools. It allows children to develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements in Art including shape, form, space, tone, texture, line and colour and stimulates the pupil’s imagination and creativity.



During EYFS pupils will have the opportunity to develop creativity and imagination through activities designed to explore colour, texture, form, shape and space in two and three dimensions. They begin to explore and investigate the visual tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes.   They begin to use colour and shape.  They begin to investigate and explore the use of pattern and texture to represent feelings and ideas. This is all completed through creative teaching and child-initiated activities.




Pupils should be taught:

  • 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



Pupils should be taught 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. Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • 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




  • Year 1 – Amazing animals experience- children collage an animal. Visit to Tittesworth Pond- nature inspired picture in the style of the artist Luiza Vizoli.
  • Year 3 – Stone Age experience- children create their own Stone Age painting. Who rules the rainforest experience and a trip to Chester Zoo- children paint their own rainforest scene.
  • Year 4 – Making canopic jar workshop using clay.
  • Year 5 – Vikings printing workshop.
  • Year 6 – Wedgwood masterclass- producing their own piece of pottery.
  • Afterschool club offered during Autumn and Spring term for KS1.
  • Homework book in place from Nursery to Year 6 – children and staff encouraged to be as creative as possible.




Pupil Voice

“It’s really good and fun!” Year 2

“It’s fun learning how to make stuff! It helps you calm down.” Year 4

“It’s a really fun thing to do. It’s good if you want to be an artist.” Year 4

“It’s my favourite subject as my wild side can come out! It’s therapeutic and stress relieving and it’s exciting!” Year 5

“It’s fun! Exciting! Creative- it gets your mind off everything else. When it comes to SAT’s this will be the only thing I enjoy.” Year 6


Examples from Homework books

Year 2 Sunflower pictures inspired by Van Gough

Year 5 Mayan Masks

The school is a happy and positive community.

| Ofsted 2019

Why Sneyd Academy?

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