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Art and Design

A high quality art curriculum should engage, inspire and challenge pupils whilst equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to create their own works of art.


The 2014 National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:


  1. Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  2. Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  3. Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  4. Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Art and Design at Caedmon


At Caedmon, we encourage children explore and develop their creative ideas through drawing, painting, collage, digital, printing and textiles. As children progress throughout the school, we want children to take ownership for their learning and reflect critically on their ideas and work. Children will explore artists’ work and use it to inspire their own creations.


Our Approach


At Caedmon Primary School, children are encouraged to explore art, craft and design using a variety of media and techniques. Through their experience of art and design, children will develop confidence and creativity and be exposed to the work of many artists. Children will develop their skills in the area of art, colour, tone, line, texture, form, shape and pattern. The study of artists and designers complements children’s learning.


At the beginning of KS1, children are given a sketchbook that follows them throughout their time in school.  Children use this to explore mark making, colour mixing, shading and pattern work. As they develop in confidence, children are encouraged to experiment and learn from their experiences and mistakes; they learn to reflect on their work and identify their strengths and weaknesses thus giving them the skills to become critical thinkers.


British Values


The exploration of artists and artistic styles from other cultures can occasionally be used as a starting point in considering British Values. Although Art is not one of the more obvious subjects where these can be explored in more depth, the study of British artists and British 'tastes' in art, particularly linked to freedom of expression, are taken into account where relevant. For instance, many consider the politically themed art of Banksy to be mere graffiti, whereas others believe it accurately reflects the values our society should hold. Class teachers make decisions about linking these ideas to the more technical aspects of the subject on an individual basis.




Art and Design is not considered a 'core subject' like Maths and Literacy. Children are taught skills from the National Curriculum. Teachers will use questioning, observation and outcomes of work to assess these skills. Teachers use informal assessments to inform their planning and to plan next steps for children. 


Subject Leader: Mrs Carey