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Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School
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We are artists and designers...

We teach visual art with key substantive concepts that children use throughout their learning in each unit and year group group to make connections and links with their prior learning and prepare them for what they are learning next. They evaluate and reflect on their previous work to plan.

These concepts are:

  • Art period/movement 
  • Artist and other similar artists 
  • Communication/messages 
  • Elements of art, the specific style and medium used 

Arts Mark Award

Heartwood is delighted to be working towards the Arts Mark award to enrich the Art experiences for our children and build strong links with the wider community through the Arts. 

Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that is why our goal for every is for child and young person to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley

Chief Executive - Arts Council England


It is vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.

Michael Ellis MP

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism 

Department of Arts, Media and Sport

The Studio

At Heartwood Art and Design and D.T are important subjects, We have a brand new Art and Design studio which is well equipped with art materials and a kitchen. We have an art teacher who delivers art sessions to the children in there. 

Year 2 have been the first visitors to The Studio. We have been learning about the work of Gustav Klimt. A French artist called Anne-Marie Zilberman was inspired by his amazing work and created a painting called 'Golden Tears', also known as 'Freya's Tears'. She used gold leaf to embellish the art.

We used 'Golden Tears' to influence our own artwork and recreated the beautiful painting. We used watercolour paints along with collage in gold tones, which we then embellished with gold leaf and glitter!

Go Go T-Rex

We are excited to be taking part of the Go Go T-Rex trail for 2022! The children will take part in designing the T-Rexs, adding the mediums to them and then we will go hunting to find them in Norwich!

Norfolk Open Art Studios 2021

We are delighted to have taken part in the Norfolk Open Studios 2021. On Saturday 25th and Monday 27th September we hosted our gallery to our local community. We welcomed many families, school governors and local residents into the school to view the wonderful artwork. Our children were involved in the creating, setting up and hosting of the event. 

We showcased artwork from all ages!

Our Norfolk Open Studios Gallery Event in action...

Feedback and comments following our open gallery event...


"The art showcased so many different techniques and approaches, by all ages and was so enjoyable to view. Also the works were so beautifully displayed."


"Such fabulous work, a brilliant display of what young children can achieve with a loving caring staff. Congratulations to all!"


"What a lovely art studio! The children are very lucky to have all these facilities to produce such high standard art"


"Lovely thoughtful artwork. The children have done a fantastic job as well as the school for giving them the opportunity"

Our beautiful gallery was in the Lynn News!

Swaffham Visual Arts Festival 

In partnership with the Swaffham Rotary club, we are showcasing our artwork at the Swaffham Visual arts festival at the Assembly rooms in Swaffham. 

Please take a look at our work from 29th- 31st October 2021. 

The National Curriculum 


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Giving children opportunities to be imaginative, explore different materials and develop their ideas is an important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, mainly within the 'expressive art and design' area of learning. Children are encouraged to practise their handling, moving and control skills (for example, by painting or using clay). Materials should be accessible for children to develop and explore their ideas and to be imaginative.



3 & 4-year-olds will be learning to:

Children in Reception will be learning to:


Expressive Art and Design

  • Explore different materials freely, in order to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make.
  • Develop their own ideas and then decide which materials to use to express them.
  • Join different materials and explore different textures.
  • Create closed shapes with continuous lines, and begin to use these shapes to represent objects.
  • Draw with increasing complexity and detail, such as representing a face with a circle and including details.
  • Use drawing to represent ideas like movement or loud noises.
  • Explore colour and colour mixing.
  • Show different emotions in their drawings – happiness, sadness, fear etc.
  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.
  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.

Creating with Materials

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.
  • Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.   

Understanding the World



The Natural World

  • Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants.




Key stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

The content of art and design teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Pupils should be given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning 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 (Years 3 to 6)

The content of the art and design curriculum in Key Stage 2 builds on what children have learned in Key Stage 1. Children should develop and improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of different materials. They are expected to create sketch books to record their learning and to use them to review and revisit ideas. They continue to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Reception art collaboration!


Look at this beautiful piece of collaborative art, created by Rabbit Class. Children worked together to use different techniques and media. The canvas has been proudly placed on the wall in the classroom!

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