Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community



At Oasis Academy Putney, we value art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Our art curriculum intent is to equip children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. They should also know how art reflects our history. It has been proven that early exposure to visual art, music, or drama promotes activity in the brain

Art nurtures inventiveness as it engages pupils in a process that aids in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation

Participating in art activities helps pupils to gain the tools necessary for understanding human experience, adapting to and respecting others’ ways of working and thinking, developing creative problem-solving skills, and communicating thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways


Education Endowment Fund research indicates that the impact of arts participation has resulted in some improved outcomes being identified in English, mathematics and science. Benefits have been found in both primary and secondary schools, with greater effects on average for younger learners and, in some cases, for disadvantaged pupils. It also acknowledges that wider benefits such as more positive attitudes to learning and increased well- being have been reported.



Key Stage 1 & 2 The National curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
  •  produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

  •  become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  •  evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Curriculum Implementation 

The teaching and implementation of the Art Curriculum at Oasis Academy Putney is based on the National Curriculum and influenced by local artists and contexts relevant to our children.  Art is also linked across the curriculum so children have opportunity to apply art skills in a variety of contexts and for a purpose.

The children's learning is further enhanced with whole school collaborative art projects. Visits are frequently used as inspiration for artistic creations. Knowledge organisers are used where artists and subject specific vocabulary are key parts of the topic.  Please see here for the curriculum overview alternating half termly with Design Technology.

Oracy is one of our key curriculum drivers. We use dialogic talk techniques to discuss and debate art works. We encourage children to be independent in thought and confident in sharing their opinions and ideas.


Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  •  Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary
Key stage 1

Pupils are 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.


Key stage 2

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


Pupils are taught:

  • to create sketch books 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



  • Pupils to retain knowledge and specific skills in relation to the chosen focus of artists
  • The large majority of pupils will achieve age related expectations in art.
  • Pupils apply learned art skills in their own work

We use formative assessment to determine pupil’s understanding and inform teachers planning. Art skill progression documents support this.

Assessment highlights strengths as well as knowledge and skills that still need to be embedded. Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design

Art is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as subject leader learning walks, topic and sketch book scrutinies and pupil interviews.


Further Information:

Art Vision Statement
Art Overview                                                                                                                                                                Art and Design Policy