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Art & Design Curriculum Design

I have created nothing really beautiful, really lasting, but if I can inspire one of these youngsters to develop the talent I know they possess, then my monument will be in their work.

Augusta Savage


At Thorpe Willoughby CP School, we recognise and value the importance of art, craft and design in the development of all children. Creating art expands a child's ability to interact with the world around them, and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication. We have carefully designed our new Art & Design Curriculum to support this development. By creating an engaging, inspiring and challenging curriculum, we aim that children immerse themselves in many varied creative approaches.


Our curriculum is intended to not only equip our children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design, but to allow them to feel like artists, designers and craft-makers themselves. We intend that children immerse themselves through our curriculum themes. Through our themes, children will be given opportunities to develop their techniques and develop an awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. We want to engage children to love participating and feel that art, craft and design isn’t a gift and a talent held by a few, but it is a tool and pleasure for all. We believe these experiences support the growth of each child’s cultural capital.


We have designed our curriculum in half-termly themes to allow children to learn and explore a diverse range of artists, designers, architects and craft-makers. We have designed some of our half-term themes such as ‘Grand Designs’ and ‘Craft, Creativity & Culture’ to purposely inspire and promote art, craft and design. 


As children progress through our school, we want them to think critically and develop a deeper understanding of art and design. We intend that they know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture and creativity within the world. We achieve this through teaching about the significance of people, places and events in the art world. Our curriculum ensures that children learn about famous and great artists as well as local and lesser-known artists, craft-makers and designers. We have chosen artists, craft-makers and designers from many cultures, both male and female and those who were part of significant art movements within the art world. 


We recognise through our Art & Design Curriculum that subject-specific vocabulary is important for children to acquire. This will support their knowledge and understanding of the subject and themes. When planning our themes, the vocabulary required to succeed is planned for and modelled within our lessons.


We intend that our Art & Design Curriculum demonstrates and celebrates our school values, giving our children opportunities to live,  practise and represent our six values.


What Art & Design Looks Like at Thorpe Willoughby

In our Foundation Stage, we teach Reception-aged children art and design through the EYFS Statutory Framework and the Development Matters non-statutory guidance. Expressive Arts & Design is one of the four specific areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is used to develop a child's imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. We ensure our curriculum and both our indoor and  outdoor provision areas encourage children to explore a range of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


Our Key Stage 1 and 2 Art & Design Curriculum is developed around the Primary National Curriculum, England. Art & Design skills are explicitly taught, practised and developed through our half-termly  themes over our 2 year curriculum cycle. All children in Key Stage 2 have sketchbooks where they can record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. In order to ensure children improve their mastery of art and design techniques, we ensure our curriculum builds on prior knowledge, skills and experiences. 


Within our Art & Design Curriculum, we ensure:

  • Children in EYFS have daily access to creative media and materials in both their indoor and outdoor provision areas 
  • Children in Key Stages 1 & 2 study a minimum of 3 art & design studies per academic year.
  • Children in Key Stage 2 use and create sketchbooks to record their observations, using them to review and revisit ideas to improve their mastery of art and design techniques.
  • Children in Key Stages 1 & 2 practise and develop their drawing and painting skills and techniques throughout each academic year building on previous skills.
  • Children in Key Stages 1 & 2 practise and develop their craft and sculpture skills and techniques each academic year.
  • Each Art & Design study focuses on the works of an artist, designer, craft-maker, sculptor or architect.
  • Children learn about local and great artists, architects, designers and craft-makers from different cultures from around the world and historical periods to the modern day. 
  • Children have opportunities to be involved in art and design events and competitions For example,  the annual National ‘Big Draw’ event.
  • Children have an enriched Art & Design Curriculum through enhanced opportunities and experiences. 




Art & Design - Whole School Overview