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Art & Design



Express self through different media and techniques

Develop a range of artistic skills

Appreciate artists from different ages and cultures




At Cropthorne and Charlton CE Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. Art, craft and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils. This will equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Our curriculum will encourage imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which will enable them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern.


To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and Design is taught as a discreet subject but also as part of class-based topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using The National Curriculum and Access Art. Teachers can use these documents to plan their Art and Design lessons suitable to their class’s interests and what they need to learn. The progression document from Access Art ensures that the curriculum is covered and the skills and knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.


When teaching Art and Design, teachers may follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. A variety of teaching approaches are used based on the teacher’s judgement. Art and Design provides excellent opportunities to enhance the learning of pupils through investigations, analysing sources and research. The children also learn about famous artists, designers and architects from around the world. In both Key Stages, sketch books are introduced in order to build up a portfolio of individual progression in Art and Design.


Art Weeks encourage children sharing and developing skills in mixed age groups and we celebrate this children’s work through art exhibitions shared with parents.




Within Art and Design, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry-based learning opportunities. Our Art and Design curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also forms part of the units of work. Children will be become creative learners, who have a knowledge about the great artists and architects of the world. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. When teaching, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations. Children will have embedded the key Art and Design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art and design. Their interest in the art, architecture and design will have been stimulated and developed over time.