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The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Binley Woods Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and ensures a structured approach to this creative subject and is primarily linked to topics in both KS1 and KS2 wherever possible. Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. The lessons for each unit are sequenced to ensure observational drawing skills are taught frequently to ensure children get sufficient practise through the year. We teach specific vocabulary which builds up over time. We learn about an artist or craft maker or designer from around the world and from different eras which enables children to learn art history, learn specific art skills and for children to practise and develop their language of art. After learning specific skills, children then create their final pieces. Have a look at our online Art Gallery to see some of our creations. 


We provide a range of learning experiences for our pupils through class visits and out of school learning. We are privileged to have a woodland with a pond in our local area which is used as a stimulus to support and develop the art curriculum. We also enrich our curriculum with visits to Compton Verney and Ironbridge Gorge.


Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary


Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  1. to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2. to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3. to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4. 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

Pupils are 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 are taught:

  1. to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2. 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]
  3. about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Growing Every Child
  • Binley Woods Primary School,
  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
  • | Tel: 0247 6543 754
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