Art Vision

At Pencoys we believe art should inspire and develop children’s creativity. We believe art should be playful, exploratory, and innovative fostering both knowledge about and a love of the visual arts. Through investigation of a range of artists, mediums and genres, art not only provides a window in to how we can express ourselves but also the career opportunities it offers.



  • Environment – Children learn that art can be a message for change or a way to express feelings about our planet’s future. E.g Sustainable seas.
  • Curiosity – Art enables children to be curious both about the work of artists and how different media work. Through experimentation with media the children learn the value of making mistakes.
  • Communication – Pupils are encouraged to communicate their feelings about the work of key artists and how this influences their work.
  • Community – Our art curriculum develops children’s sense of place and their links with the wider world through the study of artists such as John Dyer.  Our art curriculum also opens the children’s eyes to the possibilities of careers in the arts within our local community.
  • Creativity – Our art curriculum encourages children to be creative and explore different media. Their sketchbooks provide opportunities for experimentation and development of ideas.
  • Resilience – Using new and different media can be frustrating. Children are encouraged to develop their skills of resilience and understand that making mistakes is just part of the learning process.


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

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


  • EYFS

In EYFS children experience the 7 areas of exploration:  What Can We See? How Can We Explore Colour? How Can We Build Worlds? How Can We Explore Materials & Marks? How Can We Explore 3d Materials? How Can We Use Our Bodies To Make Art? How Can We Use Our Imaginations? Through these they experience open-ended, playful exploration of materials, processes and ideas, which in turn nurture dexterity skills, promote an early understanding of visual literacy skills, and begin to build the child’s confidence in their ability to make a personal, creative response to a stimuli.  Together these opportunities provide a foundation for pupils to develop skills further through the Pencoys’ AccessArt Primary Art Curriculum linked artists are provided to give children an introduction to famous artists and the concept of being an artist.

  • Years 1-6

In each year children develop knowledge and skills in drawing & Sketchbooks, Surface & Colour and Working in Three Dimensions. In each year group a Cornish artist is explored linked to the block. Over their time at Pencoys, children will have exposure to a range of artists and genres; both modern and contemporary, as well as a range of craftspeople and architects. Through the broad curriculum, they learn about art movements such as post – impressionism (Van Gogh/ Matisse) and postmodernism (Banksy).

  • In the half terms where art is not taught drawing skills continue to be developed through short burst drawing activities. Where painting isn’t covered in each year group teachers integrate the highlighted skills and knowledge into other blocks.
  • Where relevant, blocks are linked to history or geography block e.g. y6 Geography ‘Can the planet provide for everybody?’ to provide context.
  • Key artists underpin every block and have been selected to represent a range of cultures/ gender/ media and artistic periods.
  • Opportunities to develop children’s cultural capital through art have been identified e.g Sagrada Familia (Gaudi) visits to galleries and exhibitions e.g Barbara Hepworth, Tate modern and Leach pottery.
  • Local artist studies interwoven e.g John Dyer. Kurt Jackson



Children at Pencoys love the visual arts. They talk confidently about how art enables them to express themselves. Through art, all the children feel they can achieve. This is frequently articulated especially by our SEN children and the pride they show in their learning.  Children at Pencoys enjoy experimenting with different media and they can talk about how their sketch books help to develop their ideas.  Pencoys children also understand the career opportunities within the arts and develop an understanding of how the arts can be a window to the wider world.

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