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Art and Design

Art & Design Rationale


In Early Years, children will have the opportunity to use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.  Regular opportunities to engage with the Arts through play will enable them to develop their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate.


In Key Stage One, children will be provided with a range of opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of key artistic disciplines, such as: sculpture, pencil work, paint and collage.  They will develop skills that enable them to understand the importance of concepts, such as: colour, pattern, texture, shade, line, shape, form and space to produce and share their own creative artwork.  The children will be inspired through the exploration and comparison of existing pieces of artwork completed by notable artists, craft makers and designers.  The children will experiment with a variety of media, enabling children to have a broad understanding of key concepts that will be built upon in Key Stage Two.


In Lower Key Stage Two, children further develop and refine the key concepts from Key Stage One. They begin to look in depth at the work of significant artists, architects and designers from both contemporary and historical periods.  The children are taught to develop their techniques and bring concepts together to produce creative pieces of art.  Children expand their mastery of a variety of art techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of media.  Sketch books will be used to record their observations and use them to revisit and review their ideas.  The children will begin to explore the importance of art and design in the daily lives of people within Britain and around the world.


In Upper Key Stage Two, children broaden their knowledge of significant artists and designers from both contemporary and historical periods.  They will continue to bring together the skills they have learnt throughout Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two to create precise and carefully designed artwork.  Children will evaluate and analyse art work using the language of art, craft and design.




Art and Design Overview Y1 -Y6