Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. At Holmbush Primary Academy we aim to deliver a high-quality art and design education which engages, inspires and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

We are extremely passionate about the creative arts and we aim to encourage and inspire children to share our enthusiasm.

National Curriculum Aims

The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 forms.

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.


Key Stage 2

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.

Holmbush gallery

At the end of the Summer Term, all children enjoy being a part of the gallery experience! This is an exciting event where children are asked to create a piece of art work that will be framed and displayed in the Holmbush Gallery. Parents are also given the opportunity to purchase their child’s art work if they wish and all funds go towards academy resources.