Ponsbourne St Mary's C of E Primary School

Love to Learn, Learn to Love

Newgate Street Village, Nr. Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8RA

01707 872395



Curriculum Intent

At Ponsbourne, our art and design curriculum gives pupils the skills and knowledge necessary for them to express their ideas in a visual or tactile form. Through art, we aim to provide social and cultural experiences for all children. Children will be introduced to a range of famous artists, so they can appreciate great works of art and as inspiration for their own work. Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.

In Art, children are encouraged to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep progressing. Children are encouraged to experiment and then reflect on which ideas and techniques are most effective.

Art and Design in the Early Years

In art and design in the Early Years, we want children to have daily opportunities to explore a wide range of collage, painting and drawing activities, using appropriate tools and materials. . They explore colour, texture, shape and form in two and three dimensions. We encourage children to be creative and experiment to produce work that they can explain and share with others.

Curriculum Implementation

At Ponsbourne, our art and design teaching is based on the expectations of the National Curriculum. Each term, children complete art projects following our two-year rolling programme from AccessArt.

Basic skills are introduced and then built upon, including drawing, printmaking, sketchbooks, painting and making. Skills are revisited and the use of ongoing sketchbook work underpins this process.

Visits (such as The Big Draw) enrich the learning. We encourage children to consider how great works of art affect them, their personal preferences and what they can learn from great artists to improve their own learning. Children learn to evaluate their own work, and develop and refine their techniques. We encourage cross-curricular practising of key skills learnt, for example, illustrating writing in English or creating reflective pictures in maths.

Rolling Programme:

Year A


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


 (Years 1/2)

Discovering charcoal/Drawing like a Caveman


Wax Resist Autumn Leaves/ Squiggle Drawing

Drawing Spirals/ Drawing Spiral Snails


Drawing Feathers/ Making Sculptural Birds

Plasticine Print Making


Making Magic Spells (Mixed Media)



 (Years 3/4)

Quentin Blake’s Drawings as Inspiration /Sculptural Characters Inspired by Dahl and Blake

Making Drawings Move/ Making Articulated Beasts

A Cheerful Orchestra



 Typography for Children


3D Visual Map Making



Fruit Inspired Clay Tiles/ Drawing and Making Flowers


 (Years 5/6)

Sketchbook Exploration/ Supersized Jewellery


Show Me What You See/ Sculptures with Personality

Inspired by Miro: Automatic Drawing, Collage and Sculpture


Flat Yet Sculptural: Drawing, Collage and Sculpture

Making a Festival Feast/ Communal Picnic Drawing


How does the Sculpture Balance?


Year B


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


 (Years 1/2)

Making Boats which Float


Colour Wheel/ Mini Beast Collage


Drawing Cartoon Characters/ Making Money


Making Animal Masks

Houses from Around the World


Mono Printing with Carbon Copy Paper/ World in a Matchbox


(Years 3/4)

Illustrating The Jabberwocky



Quick Clay Figurative Sketches/ Making a Pocket Gallery

Dragons and Birds in Eggs/ Wax Resist with Coloured Inks


Drawing with Scissors Inspired by Matisse

Drawing Nests/ Building Nests



Thoughtful Mark Making/ Birds in Trees


 (Years 5/6)

Exploring Set Design


Shadow Puppets and Whiteboards

Graphic Inky Still Life/ Exploring Still Life with Carbon Paper

Exploring Portraits/ Page to Panel: Exploring Manga

Conquering SATs Stress with Seats


Fruit Pinch Pots/ Wave Bowls



Curriculum Impact

In art and design we have identified key assessment milestones for the pupils and assess them against these regularly. We consult the children and use their feedback to refine teaching and learning. Senior leaders and Governors monitor learning, progress and impact in the subject.

Our children enjoy art and design. They enjoy being creative and skills are developed and improved throughout their time with us.