Art and Design

Subject Leader: Mrs E Warburton

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 shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art is taught through the area of Expressive Arts and Design, within the EYFS curriculum. During the year artwork is usually linked to the topics that we are studying. We would study at least one artist during the course of a year.

Throughout the year, seasonal celebrations and events also provide opportunities for artwork. For example, Remembrance Day is explored through ‘Poppy Art’ in the Foundation Stage. Diwali, Christmas and Chinese New Year are taught throughout the school and usually include an art element such as designing cards or masks.

Key Stage One

Pupils should be taught:

To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Key Stage Two

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.