New Bolsover Primary School

New Bolsover Primary School

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  1. Curriculum
  2. Art & Design

Art & Design

At New Bolsover, art is a subject that many children find exciting and engaging. The curriculum we offer is highly adapted to suit the children’s needs and interests and explores many different techniques and artists, giving children the chance to experiment and most importantly, have fun and be creative!

Art at New Bolsover starts right from nursery and progresses up through school, with new skills being taught and previously learned techniques being built upon to give children the confidence to apply them to their own work.

We are lucky enough to have access to lots of resources which are used in lessons. It is important to us that children access a variety of different resources as this allows them to make their own decisions about their art work. We also like to experiment with different techniques and finding different ways to apply materials to create different effects.

Artsmark Award 

New Bolsover Primary School are proud to have been awarded the 'Silver Artsmark Award'. This award is accredited by Arts Council England.


This award is designed to develop a commitment towards arts and culture within the school. The aim of this is to embed a more structured skills-based curriculum to develop personal progression.


As part of this exciting process, we have formed strong links with primary schools (with support from The Bolsover School) to share best practise and ideas. In addition, we have workshops for staff and pupils to attend with local artists. 

Lantern Parade

Every year, we work with Junction Arts to create lanterns for the lantern parade in Bolsover. The children love making the lanterns and have a fantastic day being creative. We always look forward to seeing the newest design ideas and of course venturing out in the cold to take part in the parade!


River Project

Year 6 were involved in using different materials/media to build their own river systems. The children used their growing understanding of rivers to inform their choices and design.



Winter Arts Showcase

The children in Year 5 created some Christmas crafts to sell at The Bolsover School Winter Arts Showcase.



At New Bolsover Primary School we believe that art and design is a vital part of a child’s education and has a valuable place in the taught curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. We take pride in giving pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world as well as learning about rich heritage and culture of British Isles and beyond by studying a diverse range of male and female artists.

We use Kapow Primary Art scheme, to ensure a full coverage of skills in line with the National Curriculum end of key stage attainment targets. This helps us to ensure that we teach a considered sequence of lessons and experiences, that provide a broad and balanced curriculum to help enable the children to reach their full potential.



We use the Kapow scheme of work.  The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each Art unit are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression.

Our curriculum has four strands that run throughout.

Making Skills

Formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)

Knowledge of artists


The children will have the opportunity to learn these skills discretely. As the children progress through school these skills are continually applied with increasing complexity in our spiral curriculum.

Our curriculum overview shows which units cover each of the National curriculum attainment targets.

Progression of skills show that skills are taught within each year group and how these skills develop, year upon year.

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning in Key Stage 2. Pupils use their sketchbooks to record their ideas. Knowledge organisers are used for children to build a foundation of factual knowledge of key facts and vocabulary.



Our curriculum is designed allow children to be involved in the evaluation, dialogue, and decision making in the quality of the outcomes and improvements, that they need to make. By ensuring that children have regular discussions about artwork, decision-making processes, the children will not only be proficient in learning facts and key information about art but will begin to talk more confidently in their own learning journey, develop appropriate metacognition skills, which will help them to unpick how they can improve further.

Pupils leaving primary school should leave primary school equipped with a range of techniques, confidence and creativity that will form a strong foundation to continue their journey in art and design into Key Stage 3 and beyond.

We believe that this will allow children to:   

Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.

Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpting, and other art, craft and design techniques.

Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.

Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art/

Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Art and Design.


The curriculum overview can be found here.

The progression document can be found here.