The Icknield Primary School

Thrive and achieve together!




Subject leaders - Alison Hodson 


"We believe that the arts are a fundamental part of the curriculum and we define the arts as music, dance, drama and art. We believe that the arts offer opportunities for children to explore, express and communicate their feelings whilst gaining experiences of the wider world and that they help to celebrate and promote the richness and quality of cultural diversity. Through experiencing the arts, children develop their creativity, self-esteem, skills, knowledge and confidence. We are committed to providing all of our children with a wide range of opportunities which motivate, challenge and inspire learners in a creative, enjoyable and secure environment. Children are taught that it is as much about the journey as the final product."


National Curriculum

Here is an overview of the National Curriculum objectives for Art and Design.



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.



Pupils should be taught:

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

  • 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.


Supporting your Child

There are lots of free resources locally that you can use to support your child's learning in the Arts. There are a range of galleries and museums in and around Cambridge to visit including Kettle's Yard and the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Encourage your child to express themselves in a range of mediums such as 3d modeling, painting and printing as well as drawing. Most importantly remind them that everyone can draw it's just that we all do it differently!

Please take a look at Access Art who have some wonderful resources for Home Learning.