“A friendly, creative environment for learning together”


The purpose of this page is to help you understand how Art is taught at ‘S.I.S’.

Foundation Stage

At Stannington Infant School, Art in F.S is taught as part of ‘Creative Development’ under the specific areas Exploring & Using Media & Materials and Expressive Arts & Design. It is used to help strengthen the positive impressions that children have of themselves, their own culture and other cultures. Even at this early stage Art is not only taught through continuous provision, but also as specific skill-based sessions, such as paint mixing, observational drawing or how to create effects using mixed media. Looking at and creating art from the children’s interests or by using specific artists to link to a skill e.g. colour mixing based on Turner skies, provides scope for lots of questioning and discussion, developing skills that can be transferred to other areas of the F.S curriculum, such as Communication and Language. Very often the skills covered in the taught sessions will naturally direct teaching to include other curriculum areas such as RE (e.g. making Diva lamps from clay) and CLL – Communication, Language and Literacy (e.g. talking about different art/artists – how paintings have made them feel or how/why they have made a particular piece of art work).

Key Stage 1

As children move into Y1 and throughout Y2 we follow the learning objectives set out in the National Curriculum for teaching Art and focus on the following skills, building more complex activities into the Year 2 work and linking each area to a specific artist or group of artists:

• Drawing and observational work – Line, tone and shape.
• Painting and colour – Colour mixing and texture.
• Textiles – Pattern, texture, colour and shape.
• 3D Work and Clay – Shape, form and space.
• Printing and painting – Pattern, colour line and shape.
• 3D Work/ Sculpture (Photography) – Shape, form and space.
• Painting and textiles (Collage) – pattern, colour, line and shape.