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We value art and design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. The purpose of art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form.

Our curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should gain a deeper understanding of how art and design reflects and shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world. All children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-appropriate verbal and written reflection. Children are also encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.

Inspiring creativity

We want our children to use the local area as inspiration, to learn from other cultures and to respect diversity. To that end, we have carefully selected a wide range of unique and diverse artists, craft makers and designers for children to study. We want to equip our children with more than the minimum statutory requirements of the art and design National Curriculum by also preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Primary National Curriculum: Art and Design

Subject Overview For Years 1-6: Art