What does the National Curriculum say about Art and Design?

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. Children should:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas through experimentation and by recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • have the opportunity to experience using a wide range of materials in different contexts with growing confidence
  • 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


How do we teach in School?
Art is taught in blocks and is linked, where possible, to units of learning in the curriculum. It is taught through drawing, painting, collage/textiles, printing, exploring, digital media, artists and designers and through evaluating. Where possible, children will have first-hand experiences such as working with a real artist and or have the opportunity to visit artwork, sculptures and museums in the local area.

What skills are covered during lessons?
We aim to engage our pupils through carefully planned topics that are creative and well-integrated into the wider curriculum. 

How is progression achieved?
Children will invest time in developing their arts skills in a particular area, with a clear progression of skills seen in their sketchbooks. At the end of the unit, children will plan and create a final piece of art in the style of or inspired by an artist and reflect on the skills they have developed throughout the unit. Art is valued in our school as an important means of self-expression which allows all to experience success. Regular opportunities to share and celebrate their creations with other members of the school or present through displays and floor books


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