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Curriculum Area - Art & Design


Mrs M Watt (Infant School) and Mrs E Burge (Junior School) are our Art and Design Curriculum Leaders.

Art and Design


Art, craft and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art, craft and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. We provide a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity. Children experience a wide range of activities that they respond to, using the various senses.


The aims of art, craft and design are:


Art is encompassed and taught under the banner of ‘Expressive Art and Design’ within the EYFS. Children are taught art appreciation through a topic-based curriculum and have the opportunity to experience a wide range of materials, tools and techniques to begin to develop their skills in this area. We do focus on key artists in our planning as a link for children to see and to develop their knowledge.


During KS1 and KS2 Art and Design is taught through our cross-curricular topics and follows the new 2014 National Curriculum. Teachers plan a sequential block of work linked with their current theme. Within this, children will examine the key elements of line, colour, texture, shape form, space, tone and pattern. A wide range of mediums and materials are used including collage, textiles, painting, drawing, painting, sculpture and ICT. Children are taught skills to enable them to use their imagination to express and communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings. Children will regularly examine the work of other artists, discussing and thinking critically about their work as well as using them to inform their own work.


Below is a grid to show that shows an overview of design technology projects we plan to use across the school.


  Autumn Spring Summer

Artist - Mark Rothko

Artist - Jackson Pollock (Black and White)

Winter trees

Artist - Andy Warhol

Egg pictures

Artist - Van Gogh

Sunflower paintings


Artist – Jackson Pollock

splatter Paint Fire works


Artist – Paul Klee

Shape pictures

Artist – Andy Warhol

Butterfly pictures

Year 1

Artist – David Hockney

Autumn landscapes

Artist – Iris Scott

Finger painting.

To create, using different

mediums and textures

Year 2

Artist - Georgia O’Keeffe

Creating clay poppies

African Arts

Etching pictures

Year 3

Paper Mache, paint and clay modelling.

Critiquing a variety of art work

Sketching, Weaving, chalk and cave paintings.

Studying famous Artists from around the world such as Landscapes of the world-

Van Gogh - Starry Night and

Constable - The Haywain

Female artist - landscape.

Year 4

Sketching, use of light and colour using a variety of media (paint, pastels)

‘Boats and the sea’.

Sketching, studying

Frescoes and Roman Art

work. Use pastels to recreate

art throughout Roman



Studying environmental artists, creating their environmental art outside.

Using printing to create multi-media art

Year 5

Sketching, mud rock, clay

sculpting and weaving.

Sketching, tapestry and


Sketching, photography and space photography.

Year 6

Sketching, 3D sculptures:

plaiting and clay sculpting.


Manet - The Railway

W P Frith - The Railway Station

Lowry - The Canal Bridge

Transport art/ perspective –speed

French artist - Suerat and

pointillism Monet and


WWI art- capturing the

moment- pen and ink.

Healthy French meals.