Art & Design

Art and Design curriculum statement

Our school vision
The Lord says, ‘I will instruct you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on
you.’ Psalm 32:8

We live our vision with three dynamics at the heart: Living, Learning & Flourishing together.
We live as role models and advocate good choices
We learn in all we do with a loving eye upon us
We flourish in the way we go, within school and into the world beyond
Our five Core Values are: Kindness – Koinonia – Compassion – Responsibility – Forgiveness
Through a positive, caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full
potential. We embrace Christian values and ensure all children are ready for their next steps. This
statement sets out how we do this in Art and Design.
At Great Massingham and Harpley Primary Schools Federation, we believe that Art and Design
allows children to cultivate their creativity and imagination whilst providing them with opportunities to
develop spiritually, emotionally and socially.
We are dedicated to ensure that children LIVE with Art and Design as a core part of their life,
developing their appreciation, their own styles and their own improvements to Art and Design.
We seek to engage all of our children through high quality Art and Design education that will ‘Inspire
and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create
their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and
develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should know how art and design both
reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.’
(National Curriculum) The child will build on their learning throughout their time at our school
developing and intensifying their knowledge, leaving with a love and appreciation of Art and Design
for the rest of their life.

The pupils at our federation LEARN to:
 ‘Produce creative work, explore their ideas and record 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.’ (National Curriculum
The subject leader ensures that the syllabus for Art and Design teaches a deep knowledge and
understanding of different Artists and Designers, using cross curricular links where possible teaching
to captivate and engage children in their learning. Each child’s enquiry is documented in a sketch
book, allowing pupils to develop deeper thinking skills and respond to learning in creative ways.
Pupils collect examples of Art from around the world to cultivate opinion and ideas for their own work
motivating them to develop their knowledge and understanding.
It is of paramount importance that we seek to engage all of our children in the teaching and learning
of Art and Design and that we support our children to FLOURISH in the next stages of their learning.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we have a curriculum that is
progressive throughout the whole school. Children within the Foundation stage have continuous daily
access to art and design resources both inside and outside, in line with the EYFS curriculum. Art and
design is taught in KS1 and KS2 at different points throughout the year, either through individual
subject lessons or incorporated into other curriculum lessons. We focus on the knowledge and skills
stated in the National Curriculum.
Teachers in KS1 and KS2 plan lessons for their class using our curriculum plan. Teachers use this as
a basis to plan their art and design lessons, making sure they are suitable to the interests, topics and
previous knowledge of their class and have cross-curricular links where possible. This ensures the
curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.
When teaching art and design, teachers will follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is
engaging, broad and balanced. They will embed our school vision and Christian values of
kindness, compassion, responsibility, forgiveness and koinonia through their teaching and the work
that they do with the children. A variety of teaching approaches will be used to achieve this based on
the teacher’s judgement. Assessment and feedback will be used to lead to long term learning and
strengthening the understanding of art and design as children progress from year group to year
Children’s art and design work will be celebrated in class, in assemblies and in our Fabulous Finales:
when parents are invited to celebrate the success of their children in school. Their work will be
displayed in class and in displays throughout the school. At Great Massingham and Harpley Primary
Schools Federation, we provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning to take place
inside and outside the classroom. Educational visits are another opportunity for teachers to plan for
additional art and design learning outside the classroom.
Below you will find an overview of what the children will learn in each of the Key Stages.
In EYFS Foundation Stage the children will be given opportunities to explore different art and design
materials and resources. They will learn how to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools
and techniques. They will have opportunities to experiment with colour, design, texture, form and

function. They will be encouraged to talk about their creations and the techniques that they have
used. Famous art work will be used as inspiration for their own master pieces.
In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to design and
make products. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials such as clay to develop
techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will use technology
to produce images. They will also learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and
designers. All children will use a sketchbook to record ideas and observations.
In Key Stage 2 the children will learn to improve their mastery of art and design techniques by
learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. They will experience using a
wider range of materials. Children will use technology to produce images, patterns and decorative
pieces of work. They will record their observations and ideas in sketchbooks and use them to review
and evaluate improvements. They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in

Through formative and summative assessment, we continuously monitor pupils’ progress.
We will know our Art and Design Curriculum is having the desired impact on our children when:
 they can talk enthusiastically about their Art and Design lessons and can articulate the context
in which Art Design is being taught;
 pupils can explain the key vocabulary and use it appropriately in lessons;
 termly assessments show children make good progress in Art;
 through Art and Design, we apply higher-level skills, such as enquiry, analysis, interpretation,
evaluation and reflection to deepen our understanding of knowledge and the impact of Art and
Design on the world leading to high attainment.