Chattenden Primary School



At Chattenden Primary School, we believe that Art and Design should be an integral part of a child’s learning in order to stimulate and cater for a child’s creativity.  Here at Chattenden, children are able to experience a wide range of activities that they respond to, using the various senses. We give them the opportunity to work alongside artists and other adults, as well as visits to experience the work of professional artists. The activities that they take part in are imaginative and enjoyable.    

Art is taught through topics in each key stage.  This approach provides an opportunity for all pupils to encompass all elements of art, craft and design in the most effective and expressive way from Reception onwards.  Children develop knowledge, skills and understanding through a range of practical tasks which will include drawing, painting, print making, sculpture and more.

Children in Key Stage 1 are given opportunities to make their own buildings based on those in London as well as looking at artists such as George Seurat.  In Key Stage 2, children look at a variety of artists such as William Morris and David Goldsworthy and produce amazing artwork based on their topics in History and Geography e.g. Roman aqueducts and Greek masks.

As the learning journey develops, progression in art will focus on deepening understanding and refining techniques and skills. Children will be actively encouraged to explore various artists and artistic styles, evaluating their work to develop their critical thinking and celebrated in their successes and development of artistic techniques. 

Chattenden Primary School aims to provide a safe and familiar environment where children are willing to take on new challenges and try new techniques. With regards to Art, we see mistakes as positives and an opportunity to reflect and deepen our skill.


The Art Ambassadors were asked to describe how they felt about Art and this is what they said:

How do you know when you have made progress in Art?

Holly (Year 2) said: I’ve got better at Art.  The face I drew in Year 1 was weird and the eyes were too big.  Now it is better in Year 2.

Ethan N (Year 5) said: My first drawing of stone age man it was wiggly and now it is straighter.  My art is smaller now.

What do you and your class enjoy learning about Art?

Ava (Year 3) said: Learning to draw a head using correct proportion

Archer S (Year 4) said: Using watercolours to paint a sunset

Ethan N (Year 5) said: Learning how to cross-hatch

Irene M (Year 6) said: Using watercolours to blend with



  • EYFS have been busy creating lots of different artwork throughout the year.  The children used their fingers to make poppies for Remembrance day.  They were able to recall what they knew and had learnt about this special day. The children used paints and glitter to make patterns that represent fireworks in the night sky.  The children could also describe the noise fireworks made. The children have also been practising their colouring, painting, collaging skills as well as lots of others.  
  • Year 1 produced beautiful firework pictures using paints on black sugar paper.
  • In Year 2, the children have been learning about Charles Dickens and recreated pictures of him.  The detail that they included in the pictures are amazing!  The children also improved their sketching skills by drawing out famous landscapes in London.    
  • Year 3 practised their pencil skills and investigated about primary and secondary colours.  The children also experimented with different ways to present facial features before they created their final pieces.  The children also explored how art has changed over time in prehistory and said whether they liked the art or not.
  • Year 4 have been busy learning about the Ancient Egyptians.  They have used watercolours to create beautiful sunset pictures and then have cut out images that you would find in Egypt such as the pyramids, camels and palm trees.  The children have also investigated the pharaohs in particular Tutankhamun.  They sketched out his mask before drawing their final piece.
  • Year 5 worked with artists from Cohesion and made magnificent lanterns for the Medway Lights Parade.  The children were fantastic at creating a 3D model using willow sticks which were bent into star shapes and secured with Sellotape.  They then attached fairy lights and papier mâché the whole structure.  It was a messy business, but the children kindly supported each other throughout the process so that everyone was successful. 
  •  Year 6 sketched ideas for a Victorian Christmas card. The children also looked at the artist, Henri Rousseau, and created their own picture based on his famous painting, “Tiger in a Tropical storm”.