Art & Design

Welcome to Art and Design at Richmond Hill Primary Academy

Creativity brings into existence new ideas, original ways of doing things and new creations of all kinds. Art is essential to prepare pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. All the teachers at RHPA encourage children to develop their investigating, designing, making and evaluating skills by thinking and intervening creatively.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shapes history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of nations.


Art and design is concerned with the way we respond to, understand, interpret and shape our world through our senses and emotions. Taking part in art and design allows us to investigate what we see; to make visual responses; to interpret; to discriminate and reach decisions. Art and design has its own language based upon the visual elements.


The following aims underpin teaching and learning within Art at Richmond Hill Primary Academy:


To develop visual and tactile sensitivity and to encourage children to find satisfaction through use of their senses – noting changes

To encourage an enjoyment in making/evaluating images and giving ‘personal form’ to thoughts and perceptions of the known/imagined world

To promote the development and learning of new skills, ideas, concepts and attitudes through the exploration of different materials and technical processes

To use these skills to complement and extend other areas of learning

To give the children the opportunity to understand their world by response to first-hand experiences

To encourage the children to take a pride in their own work, and to be in contact with and understand the work of others – therefore developing social skills by working with others

To access cultures, traditions to the children, fostering understanding and respect

To encourage the children to think for themselves and develop self-motivation and discipline

To encourage independence and confidence handling, choosing and using media/techniques

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Using our Cornerstones curriculum planning, we are able to provide exciting and varied art and design technology activities that link with our cross-curricular termly class projects and teaches the skills set out in the National Curriculum .  The cross curricular approach gives us the opportunity to expand the variety of art forms being used within school, such as drama and dance, to support learning in other areas of the curriculum. 

How it works

Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.   

Engage: At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:

Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor to school.

Enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences

Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme

Begin researching and setting enquiry questions

Get lots of opportunities to make observations

Develop spoken language skills

Take part in sensory activities

Have lots of fun to fully ‘engage’ with their new topic.


At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:

Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic

Develop and practice their new skills

Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum

Research their own questions and those set by others

Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests

Complete homework activities that support their learning.


At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children

Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts

Solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt

Get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities

Revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.


At the ‘Express’ stage, children:

Become the performers, experts and informers.

Share their achievements with parents, classmates and he community

Evaluate finished products and processes

Link what they have learnt to where they started

Celebrate their achievements!

At RHPS we have carefully selected inspiring, engaging and exciting topics from the Cornerstones Curriculum that involve a range of different contexts.

We value the help, support and skills that our parents contribute to delivering our creative curriculum.


Together with Music, we are looking to work towards our Artsmark – more information to follow. We hope that this page provides you, as parents, with useful information and support that will aid home learning, as well as encourage families to engage with the creative arts. 

Working with Professional Artists

KS2 have been working with a local Young artist Called Hannah to join her National competition Called “Pink sheep” with a special prize just for RHPA. And we look forward to ever more closer ties to discover how an Artist works in the modern world.


Get in Touch

Richmond Hill Primary Academy

Melton Road, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, DN57SB

01302 782421


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