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Art gives all children the ability to express themselves, to be creative and to use their imagination.


At West Cliff School we aim to provide children with art and design experiences which are creative, enjoyable, challenging and confidence-building, based on the central activities of generating and developing ideas, making and evaluating.

 The aims of the Art curriculum at West Cliff Primary School are to enable pupils to: 

  • be taught within the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum and beyond. 
  • realise their full potential in an individual, creative and imaginative way and to value their own capacity for producing a range of art and design  
  • understand and communicate ideas and feelings through the language of art and design
  • develop aesthetic awareness and the ability to make informed critical judgements;
  • understand cultural diversity and appreciate different values and traditions. 
  • gain enjoyment from participation in and appreciation of art and design within school, the local environment and the wider community. 


In EYFS, Expressive arts and design is one of the seven areas of the early years foundation stage and is used to develop a child's imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. Children do this in range of ways including playing with colours, textures and design. All these approaches to expressive artshelp children to represent and understand their own feelings and ideas. In our EYFS provision children have access to high quality materials during free flow activities. and their curiosities and interests are developed through focussed intervention.

In KS1 and KS2 our art and design curriculum covers the National Curriculum and beyond, focussing on the progressively developing skills of generating and developing ideas, making, gaining knowledge and evaluating.

Our art and design curriculum is arranged so that the skills of drawing, painting, printing, textiles, sculpture, collage and digital art are taught progressively to every year group. Pupils learn about a range of artists and art forms - modern, traditional and from a range of cultures. One unit of art is delivered per term.

Each child produces an Arts Log which is a sketchbook that also enables the child to link across the Art forms. Lessons focus on exploration and experimentation, skill and knowledge development, evaluation of the work of others as well as themselves, cultural contexts and imagination and creativity. Each teaching unit leads to a completed piece of work; this may be individual or collaborative in a range of scales. 

Creative risks, mistakes and mess are encouraged!

Our rich art curriculum is supplemented and enriched regularly by a wide variety of community groups, professional artists and organisations. Several artists and groups are involved in school and visit to provide workshops and specialist teaching. Pupils are regularly invited to share their work and participate in cultural events featuring the arts such as Musicport, Whitby Christmas Festival and Krampus Run.


We are an art-rich school, evidence of which can be seen all around the school in high quality displays and collaborative creations such as the bottle-top whale in the garden. The school has held Artsmark status for several years, with Artsmark Gold having recently expired. The school is well along its Artsmark journey once more.

We are an Arts Award centre and many of our pupils gain an Arts Award during their time here.

Standards in art and design are high. Our children are particularly able to talk about art and design, with a clear understanding of technical processes and cultural contexts.

Artsmark Gold Award

At West Cliff we believe that The Arts plays a vital part in our curriculum. We have been awarded Artsmark Gold and are an accredited Artsaward centre.

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