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Mill Hill Primary School

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Art and Design

Intent, Implementation and Impact 


The national curriculum ensures that all children are prepared for a rich and varied journey in Art: 

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art form


At Mill Hill Primary School we want to provide children with a range of experiences to help them to develop and apply their skills in Art, to help them enhance and apply their understanding within a range of mediums and historical periods. We believe that through high quality art lessons children are allowed to express some of their highest forms of creativity.


A high-quality art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more in depth understanding of art. Art will be taught as stand-alone lessons in order to teach various skills and the work of different artists. Where possible, lessons will link in short units to create a subject-specific theme.


Through the aims of the Art education offered at Mill Hill Primary School, pupils will leave with the ability to  produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences. Additionally, they will be successful in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art techniques; evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art and know about great artists and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 



At Mill Hill Primary School we follow a long term plan, which ensures a variety of artistic activities are covered allowing pupils to be offered a wide range of creative opportunities, with focuses of progressive artistic skills, knowledge, terminology and different artistic forms taken from the art progression document. These should be completed in a range of contexts, ranging from theme links and school events. 


These are broken into key skills and key experiences, as well as mediums:

  • Drawing & painting

  • Print making

  • Collage

  • Sculpture

  • Textiles

  • Investigating art, craft and design.


At Mill Hill we following the following HIAS 5 Step enquiry journey: 


This will support pupils to develop a strong sense of individualism and pride in expressing themselves creatively. They will acquire a wide range of subject specific vocabulary, skills and knowledge. They will learn to take risks, solve problems and be experimental and innovative. Through learning about other artists and evaluating their work, children will develop an understanding of creating art forms and developing a piece of work until it is perfected.

Please enjoy our work on our gallery page (link below) 


The children's progress at Mill Hill Primary School is continuously assessed throughout each lesson, which then allows the teacher to adapt and tailor the following lessons for the needs of each individual child. Verbal feedback is consistently used to help support children in self assessing and developing their own work within the lesson enabling them to respond to it and to action the feedback straight away.


At Mill Hill Primary School we are keen to celebrate and acknowledge the children's achievements and successes in Art. This is executed in a variety of ways such as: 

  • Celebration Assembly 
  • In class gallery experiences 
  • Whole school galleries 
  • Displays across the school 
  • School Newsletters 


By the end of their time with us, we want our pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They will have an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We aim for our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.