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Rochford Primary & Nursery School

South East Essex Academy Trust (SEEAT)


At Rochford Primary School our Art curriculum is designed to inspire children, equipping them with knowledge and skills so they can create imaginative, individual and creative artwork. 


Our ambition for art and design is 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.

 Characteristics of an Artist


The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.

The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.

The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.

The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2-D, 3-D or digital media.

An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.

The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.

Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.

The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.

The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.

A passion for and a commitment to the subject.


We plan using concepts that allow us to develop ideas, master practical skills and take inspiration from others. Our varied topics look at artists from different cultures and times and allow pupils to gain confidence with skills before applying them to an end piece of work. We encourage individuality and creative freedom.



Through the explicit teaching of the Art skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. At the end of the unit, pupils will reflect on their knowledge and understanding. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.   

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