Art and Design

Subject Leader: Mrs Swallow

Art Governor Visit Reports


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all Barnabas Oley 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

Curriculum statement for the teaching and learning of art and design

At Barnabas Oley Primary School, we are committed to providing our children with a curriculum which has a clear intention, is implemented to the highest standards and impacts positively upon their learning outcomes. 

Read our Curriculum Statement - July 2021.

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Pupils' artwork

King's Coronation 2023 (whole school artwork)

Art Club - Summer 2023

Art gallery - 2022

Take a look at our art work and exhibition to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Holly Class

Maple Class

Willow Class

Silver Birch Class

Cedar Class

National Curriculum Requirements

By the end of Key Stage One, Barnabas Oley pupils should be able to:

  • use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • use drawing, painting 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
    know 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.

By the end of Key Stage Two, Barnabas Oley pupils should be able 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.
  • 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 and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
    know about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Further School Information

Art and Design

In Art and Design, our pupils learn how to create pictures in a range of different media, to develop their own ideas and put them into practice. Much of the work in Art and Design links to topic and environmental work.  Children learn to look at things carefully and develop an awareness of colour, pattern, texture, line and shape.  We aim to increase their confidence and progress their skills using different techniques with pencils, paint, textiles, printing and collage and clay work.  We are fortunate to have our own kiln on site.

We teach the necessary skills for the children to develop their natural ability, to be expressive and creative and to produce finished work of a high standard.

In visual and other arts we provide opportunities for the children to collaborate with “real” artists and to learn about the works of famous artists.

Some of more of our work