Wickersley Northfield Primary School

Wickersley Northfield Primary School

Part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust

Northfield Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 2HL


01709 543704

  Art and Design at Wickersley Northfield 7 Visual Building Blocks To The Elements Of Art

    Art statement of intent

 The intent of our art curriculum is to deliver a curriculum that will maximise the development of every child's ability and achievement in art. Children will learn about different skills and artists and apply this knowledge to impact on their own artwork. They will use sketchbooks to build on skills throughout their time at Wickersley Northfield Primary, using a range of media. It is our intention that children will use and understand art vocabulary. A final piece of artwork will be produced using the skills that they have learnt in a given half term. Some pieces of                                                            artwork will be in the style of a studied artist.

Essential characteristics of Art

At Wickersley Northfield, we intend to develop the following essential characteristics of art in all pupils:

  • 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 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers 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.

Breadth of Study: Art in the National Curriculum

Key Stage One

  • Use experiences and ideas as the inspiration for artwork.
  • Share ideas using drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • Explore a variety of techniques.
  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, artisans and designers.


Key Stage Two

  • Use experiences, other subjects across the curriculum and ideas as inspiration for artwork.
  • Develop and share ideas in a sketchbook and in finished products.
  • Improve mastery of techniques.
  • Learn about the great artists, architects and designers in history.

Celebration of Art!

Threshold Concepts and Milestones

Key learning milestones at Wickersley Northfield will be taught under the threshold of three different art concepts:

Develop ideas - This concept involves understanding how ideas develop through an artistic process.

Master techniques - This concept involves developing a skill set so that ideas may be communicated (including painting, collage, sculpture, drawing, print, textiles and digital media).

Take inspiration from the greats - This concept involves learning from both the artistic process and techniques of great artists and artisans throughout history.


Long Term Planning

Click here to see an overview of the progression of art milestones that are taught from EYFS to Year 6 at Wickersley Northfield.


Click here to see the Art & Design Long Term Planning for each year group:



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Practise your drawings with the help of Artists!

Pete Mckee's cartoon workshops 

Draw cartoons with Sheffield's painter and Artist.

Click here to visit his youtube channel and the cartoon workshops.

  Pete McKee's Cartoon Workshop for Beginners! - McKeePete McKee







Draw with Rob

Draw pictures with the children's author and illustrator Rob Biddulph.

Click here to visit his youtube channel and drawing videos.

5 fantastic fictional fathers, chosen by Rob Biddulph | BookTrustRob Biddulph teaches us how to draw Gregosaurus - YouTube