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Art & Design Vision


Our aim is to ensure that there is opportunity for creativity across all curricular subjects. We want to give children time to embed learning by approaching subjects from a number of perspectives and by developing a relationship with the subject that is personal to themselves.  

Our hope is to enable children to embrace their own creativity by expressing themselves visually and learn to appreciate their own art as well as the art of others including culturally important artists and art movements. Not only does art and design make their learning memorable and applicable to themselves, it gives them opportunity to make an informed response to what they are learning in the wider curriculum. 


Our teaching is topic based and therefore planning for Art and Design is embedded into a topic based curriculum. Specific skills are re-visited across the key stages ensuring there is an appropriate level of challenge and progression through the year groups. Children therefore build on previous learning of skills and are able to apply them in different contexts as they move up through the school.  


We refer to skills ladders and knowledge planners to plan sessions linked to current topic areas. Children are given opportunity to work with a wide variety of media and assess their own and others work, suggesting ideas and improvements they could make as well as considering the effectiveness of the techniques they are learning about. 

They are also introduced to a number of artists and art movements to give some historical background and perspective to the techniques they are using. 

Future Projects

Art Day during the summer term 2020 will be an opportunity for children to work together across the year groups in KS1 and KS2. It is also an opportunity to apply the skills they are learning in a different context and /or learn new techniques. Art day embeds the social element of learning because the children work in mixed age classes on a project of their choice.  This encourages team building and relationships in a positive context. 



Art & Design Knowledge Planner

Principles and Rationale

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 (The National Curriculum, 2013).