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Headteacher : James Pynn
Age Range : 4 to 11
Number of Pupils : 24

Latest OfSTED Report:

October 2017

Latest SIAMS Report:

March 2017


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“Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.”–Albert Einstein 

Pupils at Hovingham CE VC and St Hilda’s, Ampleforth CE VC Primary Schools are offered a curriculum where "Everybody Grows" part of this involves delivering a high-quality art and design education which engages, inspires and challenges all pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.   


Aims and Objectives  

 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.  

As part of our aim to develop children emotionally we also aim to use art and design to record inner feelings and express their creative imagination.  Being mindful of our location we strive to help children understand their own and other cultural heritage. 



Art and design will largely be taught through topic work.  Staff ensure that high quality separate subject teaching occurs.  On other occasions there may be blocks of time allocated to the teaching of Art and Design. 


Teaching and Learning Style 

At Hovingham we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in the subject. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, and evaluating and developing work. We do this best through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. All children have their own sketchbooks in which they can explore, review and adapt ideas. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual efforts as models for the other children. They encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the work of others, and say what they think and feel about them. We give children the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.  

We recognise the fact that we have children of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.  

We achieve this through a range of strategies:  

  • Setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;  
  • Setting tasks of increasing difficulty and challenge.  
  • Grouping children by ability and setting different tasks for each group.  
  • Providing a range of challenges with different resources.  
  • Using additional adults to support the work of individual children or small groups.  

Equal Opportunities 

All children regardless of race, gender and physical and intellectual ability will be given access and opportunity to use art equipment and develop their skills. Adult supervision and encouragement will be provided to small groups and individuals where appropriate.  All pupils will feel able to participate, contribute and achieve and where necessary differentiated tasks will target individual children at all levels of ability. 

SEN children are actively encouraged to use art and 3D media to develop an understanding of other curriculum areas such as making the alphabet in clay. There is opportunity to explore and learn about other cultures that children in the living in North Yorkshire might not be familiar with. 

In addition, staff will avoid stereotyping in relation to the gender and/or ethnic background of any artists or designers being studied and make a positive effort to celebrate cultural diversity.   



  • Children are motivated by investigating a wide range of art and styles, going home to continue their studies further.
  • The children become increasingly confident in using and applying a range of artistic techniques.
  • Children celebrate their own individual achievements and review in class and in celebration assembly.
  • Children practise the skills taught and improve through play in EYFS and KS1.
  • Increased amount of junk modelling opportunities and variation in malleable materials to develop physical strength and dexterity.
  • Children can then follow their own fascinations and challenge their own capabilities.
  • Increase in self-esteem and confidence through expression





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