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Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School
Learn to Love – Love to Learn!

We are artists and designers...

"The artist is not a special kind of person;

rather each person is a special kind of artist" 

Ananda Coomaraswamy

At Heartwood, art is an important part of the curriculum. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing. Children will develop their knowledge of local and famous artists, designers and craft makers. Children will also develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. Children will develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development. 


We teach visual art with key substantive concepts that children use throughout their learning in each unit and year 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 


Each child in years 2-4 has their own sketchbook which essentially evidences their progressive journey through a project. Children use the sketchbook to explore ideas, collect information and inspiration, learn and practise new skills and art techniques and reflect on and critique their work.


Art and Design is led by our very talented art teacher and leader, Jen Robbins. Her passion for art and the philosophy that everyone is an artist radiates through our art curriculum. 

Artist and Architect road map

Making a Difference 

We create art to share with the community and beyond. Art communicates messages and brings the community together for pleasure and enjoyment. This was evident in the galleries that we have participated in and held. 


Teaching the children about different artists and mediums broadens their cultural capital and gives them a window into the world of artists, bringing along empathy, admiration, respect and tolerance.


We share and gift our artwork with the community. 

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

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. 

Sustainable tie dye bags

Designed and created by Otters Class (year 3). The children based these on African fabrics they explored by tie dying the fabric and then printing the animal shape onto the bag, don't they look effective?!

Year 2 - 'Golden Tears'

Year 2 have were 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!

Year 3 project - Collage Portraits...

Otter Class have created these wonderful colour-themed collage portraits, exploring different materials to create features and add embellishments!

Year 4 'Pretty Boys'...

Owls Class embarked on a project based on the work of Australian artist Jessica Watts and her range of beautiful birds named 'Pretty Boys'. They designed their own Pretty Boy in their sketchbook, deciding on the colour they would use to mix different shades of for the feathers. We looked carefully at the marks and positioning of the features on the birds and used a combination of skills to create our art; drawing, painting and collage. 

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!

Take a look at the finished product...Meet Tabitha the Heartwood Tree-Rex! Inspired by our School Values and Forest School setting and our love for nature and the great outdoors!

Moles Class in The Studio...

During our Dinosaur enrichment week, Moles Class explored tile printing. First they drew their dinosaur design on the tile and painted the background for their print. In the next session we rolled ink onto the tile design and used a clean roller to apply pressure on the back so it printed onto the background!

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 showcased our artwork at the Swaffham Visual arts festival at the Assembly rooms in Swaffham. 

Our artwork was on display from 29th- 31st October 2021. 

Recently we had a visit from a local Norfolk based artist, Eden Mullane. She came in to share her beautiful work and led workshops based on her art...

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.

The Nicholas Hamond Academy

Our curriculum is designed to prepare the children for the next stages in their education in each subject. Our curriculum map plans to support the declarative and procedural knowledge needed for the children to access and thrive in Art in KS3.


TNHA Art Curriculum Roadmap


TNHA Art curriculum plan KS3


TNHA Art Curriculum Plan KS4

Mouse Class art...

We have been exploring lots of art techniques in nursery...

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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