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Art and Design



‘Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment’- MaryAnn F Kohl

(MaryAnn F Kohl is an American art educator and the author of numerous art activity books for children)

At Bishops Down Primary School we follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design. Art at Bishops Down is taught through our topic based curriculum and is intertwined within all subjects.   Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We aim to engage, 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, we aim for pupils to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We help them to know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

In the Early Years children are encouraged to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function in line with the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and COEL (Characteristics of Effective Learning) curriculums.

The national curriculum for art and design aims 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.

Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • 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.
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • 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).
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.





Art and Design at Bishops Down is supported by the Cornerstones Curriculum tool.

Click here to view the Art and Design Curriculum overview.


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