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Art & Design & Technology

At Sandilands we believe that Art and Design is a vital and integral part of children’s education. We use the National Curriculum to plan out Art and Design Curriculum. It will provide them with opportunities to develop a range of ways they can express their individual creativity, whilst developing knowledge and understanding of the wide variety of art across society and culture. Our aim is to develop every child’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection and enable children to develop a curiosity and sense of wonder about the world around them by providing an accessible and engaging art curriculum with links to other curriculum areas, including humanities.

Children will be encouraged to express their creativity through a skills based curriculum and will be provided with opportunities to practise and develop mastery in key art processes: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture which is supported through the study of key artists. Children are given constructive feedback and next steps, with further opportunities to complete their work to ensure their skills are being developed. The evidence of their work is collected in their sketch book and will follow every child throughout school. 

Teachers follow the Kapow scheme of work, which is adapted to suit the needs of our children. 

EYFS: Physical development/Expressive Arts and Design 

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  1. To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2. To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3. To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4. 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.    

Key Stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

  1. To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2. To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  3. About great artists, architects and designers in history.