Art & Design

Art, craft and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity.  It is a powerful tool that allows creative voices to be heard, raises confidence, develops problem-solving, communication and creative thinking skills. These are essential tools to prepare the next generation for the future.

A high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.  As pupils progress, they are encouraged to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.  They are taught how art and design both reflect and shape our history and how these contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Rocks Park Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics where possible to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. There will also be periods where we will focus on skills or outcome, to give the children a broad and varied view on the possibilities within Art and Design. The areas covered can be found in our Long Term plan.


We work with four main areas that cover the curriculum;

·         ongoing sketchbook study, where children can explore their own ideas, practice their skills or respond to other artist’s work.

·         This is followed by the generating of ideas stage, where the children will explore and develop their own ideas, informed by artwork from artists and different times.

·         Next is the making stage, where we will focus on an intent that will drive the exploration of the subject.

·         Finally, the evaluation stage, where the children will, with increasingly more detailed reflection and reason, learn how to evaluate artist’s work, their peer’s work and their own work.


The children's learning is further enhanced with whole school project days, which will give the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists as well as joint projects with other schools to celebrate the importance of the Art and Design Subject.

Art and Design National Curriculum.pdf
Rocks Park Art and Design Knowledge - Skills Progression map.pdf

Following the success of last year, we held another Art Exhibition on Friday 14th July. This year the theme was Happiness and Mindfulness.

These photos are from the gifted and talented art day that took place on Monday 3rd July, where 5 schools participated, organised by the local Art Hub. Pupils from Rocks Park, Little Horsted, St Phillips and St Marks schools worked with local artist Floss Nicholls to produce an exhibition of artwork inspired by Robert McFarlane's 'The Lost Words'. You can see their work at Uckfield Library 12-14th July.

Art Builders is about inspiring primary and special schools to programme art activity, giving all young children and teaching staff an opportunity to get involved in the arts and be creative.

July 2022 Art Exhibition

On Friday 15th July 2022 we held our Art Builders Exhibition. This is the second year we have joined Art Builders to promote and increase awareness of the importance of Art. This year our theme is the Global Orchard. Global Orchard is all about bringing together Art Builders schools across the UK and the world – to create and grow together!
Have a look below at some of the amazing art.