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Art & Design

Our intent is for our Art approach to allow children to express themselves as individuals and in a creative way. We value process over product and want children to feel confident to explore and develop their Art skills. Art is delivered through our Key Concepts: Painting, Collage, Print, Drawing, Sculpture, Textiles, Artist Inspiration, and Explore and develop ideas. 

Our intent is for children to have: 

  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality. 
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.  
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.  
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.  
  • A good knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.  
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings. 
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.  
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively.  
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.  
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject. 


We implement our Art approach through: 

  • In EYFS, we implement art through providing a wide range of media and materials in our environment. Children can choose ways to do things, and are give lots of opportunities to explore, for example, colour mixing and joining, supported by adult modelling and interaction 
  • We explore a wide range of artist's work, supporting children to consider whether they like it or not.  
  • In Key stage 1 and 2, Art units are linked to a specific number of Class Projects per year developing a broad and cross curricular approach.  
  • The use of verbal mini quizzes and retrieval techniques to develop children’s long term memory on what they have been taught. 
  • Learning across the curriculum is sequentially planned to build on knowledge and skills  
  • Trips and experiences focusing on art, artists and exhibitions, specifically local Artists who come into school and host workshops. 
  • Art books are of a high quality and show a range of evidence and enable the children to practise and develop skills over time. 
  • A creative and innovative approach using a range of high quality resources  
  • Project Knowledge Organisers have an Art element when appropriate to enable children to remember what they have been taught long term.  
  • 3 Art Week’s per year (1 per term) enables the whole school to focus on one specific area of Art with linked artists (many local) in addition to Art units throughout the year, many which are linked to class projects. 

The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the Art curriculum being taught. Our Projects have an Art element (where relevant) to provide a creative approach, which reflects a balanced programme of study.  




The impact of our art approach is children love expressing themselves through a range of medium and are proud of their creations