Art and Design at Portsdown Primary School and Early Years

At Portsdown Primary School and Early Years, we aim to encourage and inspire children to become creative and skilful artists. A high-quality art and design education should engage and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Through exploring and experimenting, children will learn how to control different media, so that they are able to produce creative work and record their experiences.

The progression of skills we have in place, ensures the children will become proficient in four key areas:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • 3D art
  • Printmaking

As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. In each art topic, they will research a particular artist or art movement, in order to understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to culture.

Art and Design in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):  the Nursery and Year R

Art and Design in the Nursery and Year R is a key part of the ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ area of the EYFS Curriculum (although there are also key links to the Physical Development area of the EYFS Curriculum).  Within the provision at Portsdown Primary School and Early Years, children in EYFS will safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. They will share their creations, explaining the process they have used. The children will be encouraged to develop their own ideas and then decide which materials to use to express them. They will also be provided with the opportunities and resources to make use of props and materials when role-playing characters in narratives and stories.

EYFS Statutory Framework

Key Stage 1

At Portsdown Primary School and Early Years, the children will 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.

Key Stage 2

The children at Portsdown Primary School and Early Years will 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.
They will  be taught to:
 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.

Art study KS2

Visit to Southsea

Year 5 visited Southsea in order to sketch South Parade Pier. They are then going to use this sketch and their understanding of the Fauvism group techniques, in order to create a piece of art with fierce brushwork and strong colours.

Whole School Art Overview

Art and Design Subject Report

Subject Leader Report Art

Visit to art gallery

National Curriculum for Art and Design

Sketching with Pete McKee!

Pete McKee is a cool British artist, who makes cartoon-like paintings, prints and sketches! He is a cartoonist for the Sheffield Telegraph’s sports section and he has even created art for people like Ed Sheeran!!

He has uploaded some amazing videos to his youtube channel which teach you how to draw cartoon people and animals! You will just need a pen or pencil and a piece of paper!

Here is the link to his website:!

Here is the link to his 1st lesson: