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Art and Design


Art and Design objectives are taught in at least 3 terms of each year, through a problem solving curriculum. The topics are linked to dilemma based questions; encouraging the children to develop their language, experiences, amethyst skills and belief that they have the power to affect change. The children will develop their skills and techniques in drawing, colour, form (3D), fabrics and textiles, collage and printing.  They will develop their knowledge of art through observations, critiques and evaluations and find out about other artists, designers, sculptors and architects. 

LEAP Curriculum







Through critiquing and evaluating their own and other’s work the children will be explaining what they like about their own and other’s work, giving reasons for preferences, they will be articulating how they might improve their work using technical terms and reasons as a matter of routine. They will be adapting their work following feedback and critique.  They will be learning the names of tools, techniques and elements that they use.  As they progress they will be researching and discussing various artists, architects and designers and discussing their processes and explaining how these were used in their finished products.  They will be able to explain and justify preferences towards different styles and artists.







Through a rich and varied art curriculum the children will use a variety of media such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, inks, dyes, paints, watercolours to draw and paint with.  They may use clay, modroc, plaster, wire or paper to design and create 3D forms.  They will develop printing skills through printing with hands and items such as vegetables in the early years moving onto lino printing, screen printing and marble printing as they develop their skills and techniques through the school.  Textile and fabric work will progress from learning simple running stitches in KS1 to using finer needles and learning a variety of stitches in KS2.  The children will find out about a range of artists, designers, sculptors and architects throughout their time at school.  We aim to have visits to art galleries such as ‘The Cornerstone’ in Didcot and visiting artists to school, therefore exposing children to other artists and their work.  In addition to these children will be researching artists from other eras and cultures, comparing and critiquing, talking about likes and dislikes.  During ‘Art Week’ there will be opportunities for work to be displayed in school (or even at ‘The Cornerstone’ if this event continues) and for children to enter their artwork into competitions.  Children will have the opportunity to attend an art club after school if they wish.







The children will require resourcefulness to equip themselves with art and design knowledge. They will use resources to ask and answer questions and find out about other artists, designers, sculptors and architects from this country and abroad, from current times and from the past.  The children will require skills of reciprocity when critiquing the work of others, understanding the need to be kind and specific in their suggestions for improvements and also to take on board other people’s suggestions to improve their own work.

Resilience is required throughout our problem-based curriculum. The children will be challenged every lesson, to try their best and to improve upon their work following feedback.  They may find some aspects of art and design difficult so the skills of perseverance are required.  They will be reflecting on their work and that of others, to discuss it, critique it and improve upon it.

Power to change the world





Through understanding art and design, children will learn how art and design affected change in periods of history and have contributed to change and movements throughout time. They will join up learning by studying art that coincided with historic events and impacted on different countries and religions (such as Renaissance and Pop Art movements). Children will be encouraged to interpret artwork, looking at the different media and techniques that have been used and discussing and critiquing the work. 



Impact will be measured through a collection of rich evidence; photographs of work, showing the process as well as the finished product (textiles, 3D models, etc.)  Work in sketchbooks showing techniques being taught and practised, such as different mark-making with charcoals, pastels, inks, etc., colour mixing and mood boards, as well as completed sketches, designs and paintings.  There will be quotes from the child, parent voice, teacher’s feedback.  Target Tracker will be used to record children’s progress and achievement.