Our art and design curriculum allows our children to express their creativity. It equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they become analytical, develop their own style and identity and use art as a form of expression.

We study a range of artists and designers; learning about the artistic techniques that they use and influences on and from their work. Pupils take inspiration from this to create their own compositions. They also draw on their own experiences. Many of the artists studied have created abstract work. Pupils evaluate and analyse artists’ content, techniques and messages as inspiration for their own work. This ensures all children are successful as individual artists rather than trying to copy existing pieces of art.

Pupils develop:

  • practical knowledge’, which is about developing technical proficiency in drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, collage and textiles
  • substantive knowledge’, which is the historical, cultural and contextual content that pupils learn about artists and artwork and the techniques that they use
  • disciplinary knowledge’, which is what pupils learn about how art is studied, discussed and judged.

Sketch books are used to experiment, practise and refine their ideas and the techniques they have been taught.

The content that pupils will learn:

  • Responding to art
  • Sculpture and form
  • Painting and colour
  • Drawing, line and tone
  • Printing, pattern and textiles
  • Subject specific vocabulary

We promote the cultural development of pupils by providing a range of opportunities to participate in and respond positively to artistic and cultural activities.