Haslam Park Primary School

Art and Design at Haslam Park

 Art Subject Leader - Mrs A Taylor 


At Haslam Park we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of Art. 

We intend to give all pupils (particularly disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND) every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talents and interests, express their thoughts and ideas about the world as well as learning about rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond.

Our Art Offer supports pupils to meet the National Curriculum end of Key stage attainment targets and provides the necessary Knowledge and Skills to ensure Progression across Art & Design competencies. 

Haslam Park’s Art Curriculum supports our Artsmark journey inspiring our pupils to create, experience, and participate in a great arts culture.

By the time pupils leave Haslam Park, they will know how art and design reflect our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation and worldwide.



In order to develop their skills as artists, learners will:

- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

- Grow in confidence to express themselves through visual means by progressively learning new skills.

 - Evaluate and analyse creative works of great artists using specialist vocabulary.

 - Empathise with different viewpoints, traditions and cultures, and begin to understand the viewpoint of the diversity of cultures in which they exist.



Pupils are taught explicit weekly art and design sessions, following the Kapow scheme of work. These sessions are taught in small teacher-led groups with new vocabulary being taught alongside.

Further opportunities for expressive Arts and Design is weaved into the Daily Provision in the classroom linked to current themes such as seasons and stories. Opportunities for children to access a wide range of media and materials enables the children to develop their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts.  There are opportunities throughout the year to focus on specific Artists and Art in other Cultures to develop children’s awareness, creativity and imagination.

KS1 & KS2

Key stage one and key stage 2 have adopted the Kapow Art and design scheme of work. It is designed with the following strands that run throughout bullet point

  • making skills
  • formal elements such as line shape tone texture pattern and colour
  • knowledge of artists
  • evaluating

These strands are revisited in every unit.  In the art and design skills and the formal elements of art units, pupils have the opportunity to gather knowledge and practise skills discreetly. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.

The Art Curriculum at Haslam Park is designed to:

  • Develop proficiency in using a range of materials creatively to facilitate deeper learning experiences
  • Use drawing, painting, printing and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Explore the work of a range of artists describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines and making links to their own work.
  • Develop techniques, including their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art and design.
  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting, printing and sculpture with a range of materials
  • Research great artists, architects and designers in history.

Lessons always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning. Art lessons are differentiated wherever possible to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.


By the time the children at Haslam Park leave our school, they will:

  • Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
  • Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject specific language.
  • No about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
  • meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for art and design.

The curriculum at Haslam Park is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision-making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher meta cognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve. Teachers are able to assess pupils against the learning objectives and units of work have a quiz and knowledge catcher which can be used at the start and or end of the unit.

 Curriculum Adjustments: 

Due to the impact of school closures during the Coronavirus Pandemic, we at Haslam Park are aware of the gaps in learning this may have resulted in and we have tried to put in place measures to address these.  Whilst Home Learning was taking place specific Art Challenges were provided for the children to complete.  Opportunities to create sculptures, drawings, paintings and digital representations were offered allowing pupils to develop and embed fine and gross motor skills using various tools such as scissors, pencils, paint brushes etc.  These challenges were left open ended allowing children for example to draw representationally, expressively or unconventionally.  Now that we are back in school, teachers are mindful to revisit previous learning or teach the content of missed skills, concepts and vocabulary.

Do you like our Art Gallery Display completed by the Key Stage 1 Art Club in Spring 2?

The children are loving learning new Knowledge and Skills through the Kapow Art Scheme.

Take a look at the some of our Twitter posts below showing what some of our classes have been doing recently.

At Haslam Park we work alongside the 'Kapow' scheme which we feel provides a fun, structured and progressive way of learning the necessary knowledge and skills in Art.

Below you will see what the children will learn and how they will go about it.

Art Lessons will now be weekly and we can't wait to share some of the outcomes.

Please check back on this web page for regular updates

Art Long Term Overview

Here is an example of a Knowledge Organiser for Art.

If you want to see in more detail about what each year group will be learning in Art, you can access our Knowledge Organisers by clicking on the link below:

Haslam Park Primary School - Art and Design (haslam-park.bolton.sch.uk)

Below you can view how we structure Art Lessons at Haslam Park Primary School

1.11.22 - Year 3 - British Wildlife Animal Sketches in the Style of Cave Art

11.10.22 - Year 4 - Soap Sculptures

Autumn 2022 - Reception Leaf Prints - Investigating Shape and Colour

Take a look at some of the displays in our school which show our excellent Art work

Last Year 2020 / 2021 - Below is some of the work we completed last year. 

As part of our Enrichment Days the children at Haslam Park complete creative activities.  This is a great way to teach skills through a Cross Curricular approach.  Do you like these Mosque Skyline Paintings that some of our Year 3/4 children did?

Over the Easter Holidays, the children were given the opportunity to enter a competition based on the theme 'Nature'.  As always we had some amazing entries and it was very hard to choose a winner.  Well done to all that entered.  Take a look at some of the Artwork on our Gallery Wall.

Spring Term

It has been so great to be back in School after Lockdown.  In the last week of the Spring Term all the school took part in an Art or DT project and some amazing work was produced.  Please take a look at some of the displays around our school which feature the children's Art & Design work.

Haslam Park Recycling Art Challenge (Lockdown 2021)
(Reception to Year 6)
Each Week I will set a challenge to use a specific item/material to create a picture or sculpture. This is suitable for every class and can be as simple or complex as you choose to make it.
Please do not go out and buy these items. They are meant to be things that you already have in the house or are going to be thrown away.
Week 1 – Paper/Cardboard.
Week 2 – toilet roll tubes / kitchen roll tubes / Pringle Tubes
Week 3 – Dried Food (Eg cereal/rice/pasta
Week 4 – egg boxes or tin foil
Week 5 – Plastic (bottles, bottle tops or yoghurt pots etc).
Each week I will post on the school story a reminder of the material to be used and some inspirational ideas which you can try or you can come up with your own ideas.
Please email me a photograph of your creations each week and these will be added to our school website to create a gallery of all your amazing work.

Winter Art Competition Display Board

Exciting News! Haslam Park Primary School is running a Winter Art Competition for you to enter at home. Please read the details in the document attached for details how to enter.


Our school is working towards gaining the Artsmark Award! We are aiming to provide our children with wider cultural experiences within our Arts curriculum. We are very excited to develop of Arts curriculum over the next 2 years which will help children to become more confident, creative individuals!

Autumn Term

In the Autumn Term some of our classes looked at different artists and created their own artwork inspired by them.

Do you like our displays?

EYFS looked at Wassily Kandinsky

Key Stage One looked at Art by Andy Goldsworthy

Lower Key Stage Two looked at Michelle Reader


Keep a look out for more of our wonderful Art work from this term ...

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