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Art and Design

The art curriculum at Buckingham Park Primary has been designed to allow the children to develop an understanding of the world around them and their reaction to it. By engaging with the world in this way, they will have the opportunity to realise their own potential. We hope to give children confidence in their basic drawing and artistic skills, as well as the ability to critically review and react to the work of others.

Children are encouraged to think hard about a range of mark-marking techniques and how they can show, not only how the world appears, but how to share their feelings about it. It aims to provide the pupils with opportunities to think critically about the arts and develop a deeper understanding of art and design.

The skills the children will develop include using the following

  • sketching and painting
  • printing
  • sculpture
  • collage
  • digital media

The school plays host to workshops for able pupils in the region. This provides expert tuition for developing ways of looking and recording in a simple form. Children then practise a number of drawing and recording techniques to build their confidence and a greater maturity in drawing style.


You can find out more about The Big Draw by visiting http://www.thebigdraw.org/


The key areas of art are revisited throughout the key stages to develop and consolidate the pupils’ skills and knowledge in a range of art, craft and design techniques. By the end of Key Stage 2, it is our aim that all pupils are proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and other craft and design techniques, as well as being familiar with a range of major artistic figures.

The curriculum allows children to learn about significant artists, study their contribution, and learn about their techniques. Through discussions, self and peer assessments, pupils develop their ability to describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines and make links to their own work. Plenty of opportunities are provided to allow the children to work collaboratively on larger scale pieces of work in order to share ideas and opinions.

Pupils use a sketchbook that they take through Key Stage 2, and use them to investigate and record, and to provide starting points for larger projects. Trips are regularly planned to museums and interesting locations where pupils can take their sketch books and gather ideas and inspiration.


The school has a strong showing in the community through their involvement with the local Beach Dreams procession. While preparing for this, pupils work alongside adults to create pieces of work that involve 2D and 3D projects.

Each October, the school takes part in The Big Draw. This is a national event run by the Campaign for Drawing. Children are allowed to work, usually on a large scale and with others, to enjoy a day where Art is the main focus, and produces displays around the school.

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