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What are the aims of teaching art and design?

The National Curriculum for England describes the purpose of art and design as thus:


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.


The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • 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 is the National Curriculum covered in art and design?

At Bramley St Peter’s we teach children to be creative and to develop their visual awareness. We encourage children to use art to record their feelings and express their creative imagination. Where possible teachers make cross curricular links but are also aware that some skills need to be taught discretely.


What skills are covered during lessons?

Children will develop skills in six key areas; drawing, painting, printing, textiles and collage and 3D form. Our long term plan for art and design shows a breakdown of skills for each year group.


How is progression achieved?

We strive to ensure that we are teaching a subject that is broad, balanced, continuous and progressive. We hope to:

  • Develop pupil’s observational skills.
  • Extend their imaginative powers.
  • Develop their capacity to evaluate their own and others’ artistic endeavours – become critical thinkers.
  • Equip pupils with an art vocabulary – the visual elements of colour, texture, line, tone, pattern, and form.
  • Develop mastery of a range of tools, media and processes – the latter being conveniently broken down into drawing, painting, printing, collage, modelling and constructing.

Artwork is recorded in individual sketchbooks that are given to children in Year 1 and are built upon as children progress through to Year 6.