At Stewart Headlam, we see Art & Design as a universal language that anyone can access.  We encourage our pupils to enjoy and feel confident in developing their individuality, creativity & imagination as well as their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the subject.  Art & Design gives our pupils the opportunity to develop their self-esteem and their identities as unique individuals.  It also develops an awareness of great artists and craft makers and designers, and an appreciation of their work. 

Art and Design provides excellent opportunities for pupils to appreciate the rich diversity around them, learn about other cultures, and celebrate and be sensitive towards these differences. 

In Art & Design, our pupils learn about the Art Elements:










Our pupils explore these art elements through a wide range of media as we teach the technical skills:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Collage
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Printing
  • Photography and digital art

At Stewart Headlam, we use the PlanBee Scheme of Work from Year 1 to Year 6.  Units of work are matched to our topics and teachers adapt and personalise the units to ensure coverage and progression of technical skills as well as good cross-curricular links.  In Foundation Stage, a wide variety of adult-led activities and provision for child-initiated experiences are planned for and set out on a daily basis.  Activities are a combination of specific topic related activities, and resources provided for independent exploration and discovery. 

Over the years, we have had a number of professional artists coming in to work with the children to develop and extend their skills.  Our pupils also visit art galleries around London to appreciate the work of other artists and to understand how the techniques they are learning are used in famous works of art.  Our pupils have also been involved in community art projects where they have helped to transform their local environment through art, as well as school-based projects, working alongside artists to transform the visual environment in our school.

Have a look at some of the wonderful artwork that goes on in our school:

"Pupils demonstrate a love for this subject, and show enthusiasm when applying their mathematical skills"

- Ofsted, 2017