Art and Design

“Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.” National Curriculum 2014

At Addmore Federation we believe that ensuring a high-quality art and design education will inspire pupils to develop their curiosity and fascination about the world around them, and its people. Our aim is to teach the skills and knowledge necessary to develop children as confident artists and designers. 

Through the framework of the National Curriculum 2014, 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.

Our aims in teaching art and design are:

  • to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts;
  • to increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures;
  • to introduce children to significant global artists and designers and their works;
  • to equip children with the knowledge and skill in art techniques which enable them to create their own works of art, craft and design and, in turn, to appreciate the works of great artists;
  • to encourage children to form opinions and preferences in evaluating works of art and design;
  • to enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
  • to develop creativity and imagination through a range of art and design activities;
  • to improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
  • to develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials.

Art and design is a foundation subject, taught in blocks through ‘topic’ themes, usually for half a term at a time. Through these themes our children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject. In our Early Years settings art and design is taught as part of the Foundation Stage curriculum: Expressive arts and design. This is one of the seven areas of learning in the Foundation Stage.

We integrate our Curriculum Drivers into all our units of work. Art and design supports the delivery of our Curriculum Drivers: 

  • Exploring Opportunities – We enhance learning by taking part in visits and field trips as well as welcoming visitors to our school for talks and demonstrations.
  • Outdoor Education - We take every opportunity to plan lessons that take part outdoors. This could be in our school grounds or the local community. E.g. creating art in our Forest School; observational drawing and painting of nature in our grounds our buildings.
  • Christian Values - Our Christian Values underpin all that we do in our school and exemplify the qualities we hope to instil in our pupils before they leave us. Art and design enables us to reinforce our Christian Values e.g. Responsibility, respect, thankfulness – caring for our world, observation of its beauty; perseverance – resilience to make mistakes and try again; courage – challenging the status quo; developing views.
  • Learning for Life – We want our children develop a love of learning, so that they continue to be curious and learn throughout their lives.
  • Our Place in the World – We want our pupils to be considerate, kind and thoughtful citizens and to value all life and our planet. Art and design plays a big part in this driver as we support pupils to develop a good understanding of the wider world and their place in it. Through a study of art and design works across a range of cultures.

How the national curriculum for art and design fits into the delivery of our school curriculum is detailed on the downloadable documents listed at the bottom of this page.

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