At Worsthorne Primary School, we believe that teaching and learning in Art and Design is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. The purpose of art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.

Year 2 – Be an Architect

Children in year 2 have loved becoming an architect. They learnt that architects design buildings and other structures which relate to our bodies and which enhance our environment. They also learnt that architects take inspiration from the environment their building will exist in, and from the people they will serve, to design exciting structures. Have a look at the houses year 2 created.

Year 4- Sculpture

This half term, children in year 4 have been learning about sculptures. Our theme has been centred around birds and the artist Marcus Coates. Children studied his work and talked about how the bird sculptures made them feel and  what they think it might be like to live in a nest. Children then used different mediums to draw/paint birds nest.

Year 6 

This half- term Year 6 have looked at Print and Activism with Mrs Pier. The objective was That artists can use art as a way to express their opinions, using their skills to speak for sectors of society.

In this unit, children were introduced to the idea that they can use art as a way of sharing their passions and interests with their peers and community. We started by introducing the children to artists who are activists, and then we went on to help pupils identify and voice the things they care about as individuals.

The children chose a subject that was personal to them. Their art needed to challenge, provoke a response, communicate a strong idea and have a clear message.

As you can see from the art produced they have followed the criteria. They used a mixture of print, paint, pens and typography. We are so proud of their final pieces.

To celebrate the King’s Coronation each class created their own portraits of King Charles III in the style of different artists. We are amazed by their work!

Reception Class created their portraits in the style of Pablo Picasso! They were very effective. Well done! 

Children in year 5 created their portraits in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.

Year 4 created their portraits style on the artist Frida Kahol. They are just amazing! Well done, Year 4. 

Week 1


For our first week both art groups focused on using water colours. Children explored using water colours, how to make tones lights and darker before creating their own art pieces.

Week 2 


This week children have been exploring printing. First children used an orange , painted it then printed it. Children discovered that the less paint they use the better the print. They then created their own printing tiles.

Week 3


This week, children from year 3 and 4 have learnt how to draw using one point perspective. WOW! They have done an incredible job. Have a little look what they got up to.

Spring 1

This half term, children across school will be focusing on the artist ‘Wassily Kandinsky’. Every week, children will be given a task to take part in if the would like to.

Week 2

This week, children created their own drawings based on kandinsky’s art work. They used crayons and felt tips in their art this week. Have a look below at what they got up to. Next week children will recreated his work using chalks on the yard.

Children in reception have also been exploring our artist of the term. Have a look at their amazing work below. 

Key stage 1
Pupils should 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.

Expressive Arts and Design
ELG: Creating with Materials
Children at the expected level of development will:
– Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques,
experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function;
– Share their creations, explaining the process they have used;
– Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives
and stories.
ELG: Being Imaginative and Expressive
Children at the expected level of development will:
– Invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher;
– Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs;
Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when
appropriate – try to move in time with music.

Examples of work

Key stage 2
Pupils should 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.
Pupils should be taught:
 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

Examples of work