Each year group has topic sessions devoted to this important subject, which is concerned with the creative and aesthetic response to the visual and tactile qualities of the natural and constructed world. 


At Fairlawn Primary School we recognise the importance of Art and Design as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.  Learning, developing and honing skills and techniques in art and design gives children an additional language, a visual one, that provides another means by which to express and process their thoughts and ideas.

Through our teaching of Art and Design we intend to engage, inspire and challenge pupils’ preconceptions, allowing them to think critically and develop an in-depth understanding of the subject.  We intend to equip children with the knowledge and skills they need to experiment, invent and create their own work. 

The aims of teaching Art and Design at Fairlawn are:

  • To provide opportunities for children to share and discuss their subjective opinions about their own work and the work of others in ways that are respectful.
  • Allow children time to create with opportunities to problem solve and review and refine their work.
  • Teach children skills and processes with a range of materials with progression mapped across key stages.
  • Place art and design in a wider context.
  • Introduce children to a range of artists from different times, places and cultures.
  • Provide an environment where children feel safe taking risks and are not intimidated by ‘getting it wrong’.


The teaching of Art and Design at Fairlawn Primary School is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum for Art and Design: Key Stages 1 and 2.  By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study.


Mixed media collage FS2
The children collected the natural resources on a nature walk and collaged a photograph of themselves imagining what it would be like to be swept up in an autumn storm.

The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. We provide children with opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. We understand that it is the quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in that is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.


Pupils are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.  They use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experience and imagination.  Children start to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in the use of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

KS1 Art work inspired by the books of Julia Donaldson


In KS2 children develop their techniques, including their control and there use of materials, showing creativity, experimentation and an increased awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.  KS2 children also begin to develop the use of a sketchbook to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.

In both KS1 and KS2 children are exposed to the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. They look at the similarities and differences between different practices and media, and make links to their own work. 

Progression in portrait drawing from EYFS to KS2
Reception children produce a recognisable face with some appropriate features. In Year 1 the children focus on the correct placement of features on the face. In Years 2 and 3 the skills extend to include proportion. In Year 4 the children are encouraged to look carefully and draw what they can see, rather than what they know is there. Further into KS2 progression moves on to include shading and tone.


By following a comprehensive scheme of work that is closely in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum, it is expected that the children will show clear progression across all three key stages.  

Art and Design is assessed by class teachers on a termly basis and used to highlight children who excelled, children who did not meet the objectives and to detail what needs to be put in place for these children. It also highlights any implications for how future units should be taught.

By the time children leave Fairlawn Primary School, they should see themselves as artists who can work confidently, both independently and cooperatively, across a range of mediums. They should be confident in the skills and techniques they have learned from the time they joined Fairlawn and are able to apply this knowledge practically.  They should also be able to talk confidently about artworks using appropriate vocabulary and refer to formal elements.

Head Teacher : Ms Hania Ryans

(Contact via School Office)

Chair of Governors : Simon Edwards

Fairlawn Primary School
Honor Oak Road
London SE23 3SB