Our subject leader for art is Mrs Nicola Moorhouse.

At Thornton-in Craven Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.  Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.  A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design.  


Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials.  Basic skills are introduced then built upon including drawing, painting, printing, collage, 3D work and digital art.  Skills are re visited over the years and the use of ongoing sketchbooks underpins this process. 

Our curriculum will ebable our children to:

  • be exposed to the arts, giving them a chance to experience, and participate in a range of creative activities  
  • to create a variety of artwork, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences 
  • to become proficient in drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and other art techniques 
  • to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design 
  • to know about great artists including those from our area, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.  


Children are taught in whole class groups followed by group and individual work. New techniques and skills are modelled and examples of work are shown to the children.    

In group and individual work, pupils have the opportunity to investigate, explore and develop ideas and techniques. Children are also involved in evaluating their work, celebrating success and identifying areas for improvement.   

Children are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas and are introduced to a range of works by artists enabling them to develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used.  


Through the explicit teaching of the Art skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. The use of sketchbooks throughout their time at school shows a development of children’s creative skills and ideas.  Artwork is displayed throughout school to motivate and inspire others and to celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class. 

Art Curriculum Documents

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