Art & Design

Intent

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

As our pupils progress, they become able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Aims

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

 

Implementation

EYFS Framework

The seven areas of learning are linked across our knowledge and skills progression documents, to identify how each, as a prerequisite, feeds into National Curriculum subjects.  The most relevant statements for Art and Design are taken from the Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design areas of learning.       

 

Key Stage 1

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 2

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

 

Impact

  • Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in Art and Design that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Art and Design, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school.
  • The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations in Art and Design.
  • As Artists, children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.

 

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