Silkstone Primary School, High Street, Silkstone, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4LR

01226 790333

Silkstone Primary School

A School with Soul



At Silkstone Primary, we want to instil a love and an excitement for art where all children can believe in themselves as artists. We want our pupils to confidently express their individual creativity through their art work, working both individually and collaboratively. To use art successfully to develop their ideas and imagination, and to support their emotional well-being. To develop critical thinking and respond to their own artwork and to the art work of others, with sensitivity and a respectful appreciation. We want our children to appreciate the contribution of art and design to culture and how it can reflect and shape history.  We appreciate the role of art in promoting good mental health and the opportunities it provides for self expression.


Art forms an important part of the curriculum and is used to develop children’s understanding in all subjects.  The delivery of our art curriculum will provide opportunities for pupils to be inspired by the work of a range of artists, architects and designers and investigate their work.  Learning is sequenced to enable children to develop and improve their mastery of art and design techniques including: drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials. Children will use sketchbooks to record their observations and to experiment with a range of media. Children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving using the appropriate vocabulary. We provide opportunities for children to engage in art through visits, and visiting artists, designers and craft-makers.


Our pupils will be able to express themselves confidently and imaginatively through art and have a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, art in the world around them. They will have the tools to develop and express themselves as artists, both individually and alongside others. 



Class Coverage




Painting –








Jackson Pollock


Poster Paints

& Powder paints – Colour mixing -

Consistency & Texture

Drip pictures (Jackson Pollock)

(Topic linked)

Autumn prints using seasonal objects

Clay Diva lamps

Junk modelling

Create images using different materials around the theme of colour. Fold, tear, crumple and overlap.

Self portraits

Transient art/drawing using natural objects

Purple Mash – repeating patterns










Identify primary colours – Mix secondary colours.

Powder paints

Animal patterns

Kandinsky – 2D shape/pattern

Mondrian(2D shape)

(Topic linked)

Leaf printing

Build repeating patterns using hard and soft materials.

Make rubbings to collect texture and patterns.

Junk modelling – joining recycled natural and man made materials

Pinch pot – (plants)

Autumn - found objects collage.

(Create images using different materials around the theme of shape. Work on different scales.

Observational drawing – (Seasons) (Homes)

(Topic linked)

Animated stories – Purple Mash eBooks



Paul Klee


Van Gogh





Identify primary and secondary colours – Mix primary shades and tones. Paul Klee


Natural and everyday found object printing. Experiment with ‘over printing’.


Inuit sculpture - Inuckshuk




Barbara Hepworth (visit to YSP)


Create images using different materials around the theme of texture.

Arrange and glue materials onto different backgrounds.

Observational drawing –

(Tudor houses)


(Topic Linked)

digital image construction

Imaginary Creatures



Van Gogh







Experiment with different effects and textures eg blocking in colour, washes, thickened paint to create texture.


Water colours – Georgia O’Keefe link to science




Create printing blocks using a relief or impressed method.


Andy Goldsworthy – outdoor sculpture with natural materials

Experiment with a range of collage techniques such as tearing, overlapping and layering to create images and represent textures.

Aboriginal painting – with found materials – linked to Stone Age topic



Bridget Riley

Henri Matisse


Paula Rego


Yayoi Kusama

Experiment with different effects and textures eg blocking in colour, washes, thickened paint to create texture.


Link to literacy Rego

Mono screen printing (link to Matisse cut outs)


Clay cutting and attaching – join clay adequately and construct a simple base for extending and modelling; create surface patterns and textures


Viking Heads

Use collage as a means of collecting ideas and information and building a visual vocabulary. Paper cut out collages


Self portraits

Sketching (Topic Linked)

Op – art – Bridget Riley

Yayoi Kusama – link to painting and collage


Trip to an Art Gallery – Sheffield / Leeds / Cartwright




William Morris


Henry Moore


David Hockney



Landscape painting link to Yorkshire topic. Hockney

Block printing – (William Morris)

Create prints with 2 or 3 overlays.


Make printing blocks using found materials

Henry Moore - YSP


Use a range of media to create collage. Add collage to a painted, printed or drawn background (link to printing)

Sketches: Blitz pictures

Propaganda Posters

Underground scenes

Henry Moore

Film making

Modelling – Purple Mash



Frida Kahlo


Yinka Shonibare




Grayson Perry

Mix and match colours to create atmosphere and light effects.

Be able to identify and work with complementary and contrasting colours.

Self portraits

Frida Kahlo – link to South American topic

Block printing – Work into prints with a range of media.


Yinka Shonibare – print onto textiles and then use in DT



Wire figures – link to Ancient Greece




Visit to Hepworth Gallery


Grayson Perry

Use different techniques, colours and textures etc. when designing and making pieces of work.

Use collage as a means of extending work from initial ideas.

Self portraits

Sketches (Rainforest animals)

(Topic Linked)

Record and collect visual information using cameras and video. (movements in animals - photography – link with zoo trip)



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