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Art & Design

Art & Design Curriculum Statement



In Barleyhurst Park Primary School, Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills as well as an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of creativity, therefore, the children should be given the freedom to explore this as well as meeting the curriculum objectives.

The Art and Design curriculum at Barleyhurst Park is carefully planned and structured, using Curriculum maestro, to ensure current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current methods of teaching and practice.

Barleyhurst Park is committed to meeting the requirements of the primary National Curriculum 2014, therefore, we aim 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 schemes of work reflect the content and challenge of the curriculum. Teachers have received training in key areas of curriculum change and provide outstanding curriculum provision. The curriculum is taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. Our curriculum is exciting and will inspire children to nurture a passion for learning.



Art and Design is taught in termly topics throughout the year, so that children achieve depth in their learning. The key knowledge and skills that children acquire and develop throughout each topic have been mapped to ensure progression between year groups throughout the school.

The children are given opportunities to be imaginative, explore different materials and develop their ideas, which is an important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, mainly within the 'expressive art and design' area of learning. Children are encouraged to practise their handling, moving and control skills (for example, by painting or using clay). Materials are accessible for children to develop and explore their ideas and to be imaginative.

In Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2, pupils are given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.


The pupils then move on to build on what children have learned in Key Stage 1. Children learn to improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of different materials. They are expected to create sketch books to record their learning and to use them to review and revisit ideas.

Lessons are planned according the National Curriculum objectives, but in addition, staff have a bank of ideas and resources that are readily available on Curriculum Maestro. Teachers plan carefully, making sure the varying needs of all learners are met, through differentiation and ensuring an appropriate level of challenge where necessary.

Although, Curriculum Maestro has a great influence on the Teachers’ teaching and learning, another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.



Children are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children develop knowledge of the styles and gain a wider vocabulary used by famous artists. Most of all the pupils get to celebrate their work with each other.

Progression is evident within the school and this can be seen in topic books, where the work clearly reflects the National Curriculum objectives.