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Art and Design 


Art, craft and design give children the opportunity to explore their creativity in an engaging, inspiring and challenging way. The children become equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.  We intend to: 

  • Assist pupils in becoming visually literate. 
  • Develop powers of observation. 
  • Develop aesthetic sensibilities to make judgements about Art. 
  • Encourage the use of imagination and original thought. 
  • Provide opportunities to learn about the world in which we live. 
  • Develop the ability to communicate ideas, opinions and feelings about their own work and that of others. 
  • Encourage children to be able to respond knowledgeably to the work of other craftspeople, knowing that there are different kinds of art made for different purposes. 
  • Acquire a range of different skills using different media as the children progress through the school. 



  • Linking art where relevant to the learning journey for the term, to ensure relevance and context. 
  • Children have opportunities to draw, paint, print, make collages, use fabrics and threads and use clay.   
  •  They are taught the skills and techniques and then given the opportunity to practise them to produce individual and group pieces of work.   
  • Our spiral curriculum, progresses in terms of depth and challenge, to build on the children’s previous learning. 
  • Children are encouraged to critically evaluate their own work and that of others to learn from their experiences. They learn how art and design reflect and shape our history and how they have contributed to global cultures and creativity. 
  • Ensuring that each child develops their skills and techniques in a way appropriate to them, through clear differentiation and support, active and purposeful experiences, and using a variety of art materials and teaching strategies. 
  • Fostering an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers. 



Through Expressive Arts children are encouraged to explore different media, explore how media can be combined to create different effects and develop a range of skills and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children are given daily access to a range of creative opportunities and enjoy our carefully planned and well-resourced creative areas both indoors and out. Children are encouraged to create on both small and large scales and our outdoor environment supports this well. Children are encouraged to develop their communication and language skills through talking about their creations and sharing these with others to build confidence and raise self-esteem. 



By the end of their time with us, we want pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We want our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment. 


Art Progression Map.pdf