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Alwoodley Primary School

Learning Together, Growing Stronger.


Our Art vision is to creatively explore ideas through experimentation.


Intent, Implementation and Impact in Art and design.



We want to inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We want children to be inspired by a wide range of artists, crafts people and designers, confidently critique their work and use it to influence their own decision making process. We want children to be able to express themselves through different media and feel empowered to think creatively. We intend to make all learning meaningful and memorable .



Our curriculum offers children frequent opportunities to develop their practical skills using a wide range of media at their own pace. We know that progression is not linear so all work is valued and recorded and not marked. However, to encourage children’s progress and creativity, we observe children while they work and capture moments where they evaluate effectively, use the language of art and design, collaborate well and make creative decisions. 


 In each unit of work the children draw and create using a range of media, whilst exploring the work of an artist, crafts person, or designer. They choose which of their existing skills they wish to practise before being taught new skills to add to their ‘tool kit’. The children can then decide which of these areas they wish to develop into a final piece of work. We also teach shorter or one-off skills lessons and give the children opportunities to free draw in their sketchbooks, valuing their ideas and allowing them time to just enjoy drawing. Work in sketchbooks documents each child’s unique progress and learning journey that year. 


Children are encouraged to move their learning forward by reflecting on their own work. Self-evaluation is taught throughout each unit and is supported by peer and teacher led critiques.  


By revisiting different mediums and techniques throughout their school life, children will have the skills and confidence to express themselves and produce work they enjoy making and can be proud of.







'This world is but a canvas to our imagination.'

Henry David Thoreau


'A picture is worth a thousand words.'

Napoleon Bonaparte

Primary National Curriculum - Art and Design

SMSC in Art

Nursery snapshot

Year 1 snapshot

Year 3 snapshot

Year 4 snapshot

Year 5 snapshot

Year 6 snapshot

Working With Artists

Reception had a fantastic time working with artist Bryony Pritchard.

They created botanical mandalas by hammering plants and explored mark making using natural pigments.


 Since introducing our newly designed curriculum the children have really improved their sketchbook skills. They are taking more ownership and pleasure in recording their findings, from research and exploration and can evaluate their work and work of others more confidently.


Parents, staff and children have fed back that they have loved the new topics and enjoyed completing them even during Remote learning. Because the whole creative process is recorded in sketchbooks including a photo of their final product,  finished pieces can be taken home and cherished.


The process of exploring, critiquing and developing ideas has been valued more by staff and children. This can be seen on displays across school which contain pages from sketch books not just a final product. Children are keen to show their sketchbooks to other staff in school.


 The effective use of sketchbooks means children have all their ideas and work to look back on in the future making it memorable.


Have a look at the quality of our fantastic sketchbooks.

Keep being creative and enjoying Art, Design and Craft beyond the classroom


Look at these fantastic exhibitions happening locally:


Have a look on the Tate Kids website. It has lots of information about artists and some cool activities.

Whole School Art Challenge

What is an art enthusiast to do, now galleries and museums around the world have closed their doors? The Getty museum, based in Los Angeles, has a suggestion: recreate famous works of art using household items.

Here is one of my favourites:              


Now it’s your turn. Choose a piece of art you like and be creative! I look forward to seeing the results.

 Email me photos and I will add them to our gallery.


Here’s one I made earlier!





Mrs Nundy


Home Learning Gallery

Let's celebrate how creative  our Alwoodley children are!

Celebrating art on displays around school

Alwoodley's All Together Art Club. Look at the lovely display we created!

We are famous!

The BIG Recycling Challenge Exhibition!

The whole school took part in a project to make Art using recycled materials. The children have loved getting creative and it got us all thinking about the importance of recycling. 

The Big Recycling Challenge – Parent Drop In

Thank you to everyone for coming in and getting involved in The Big Recycling Challenge Drop In Session. We were making models using junk, sketching Art created out of recycled materials, printing with junk and drawing on old books. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying Art.  

Nameste competition - after school art club celebrating our diverse cultures! Some artwork to be incredibly proud of, well done Mrs Nundy, Mrs Purba, the parents and all the children that joined in!

The Great Alwoodley Pottery Throw Down Exhibition

Pottery Family Drop session

Teachers getting festive with a printing of Christmas cards and wrapping paper staff meeting

Some amazing artworks!

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.