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Art and Design

Art and Design Learning Journey

Art and Design Policy


Aims and Objectives

  • Engage with a variety of art forms, to explore values, attitudes, feelings and meanings.
  • Ensure all children and young people experience the richness of a broad arts curriculum.
  • Provide every child and young person with opportunity to be inspired by the arts and achieve success through the arts
  • Allow children and young people to develop the ability to create, appreciate and make critical judgements about artworks.
  • Increase active and independent involvement in cultural opportunities.


Art and Design education will 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, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. They will also know how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Curriculum organisation


We will embed the characteristics of effective learning throughout expressive art and design. Pupils will be encouraged and supported with inventive ways in which they can add, or mix media, or wallow in a particular experience.

Pupils will have resources for mixing colours, joining things together and combining materials, demonstrating these where appropriate.

Key Stage 1

Pupils will be taught: to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products to use drawing, painting, collage and textiles 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. Recording and experimenting in sketch books.

Key Stage 2

Pupils will be 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 should be taught: 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, textiles, digital media, collage and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay] about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Resources (including visits)

Have the opportunity to examine exhibits, artefacts, historical buildings of interest, i.e. Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle, The Lord Leycester Hospital, the Stratford Butterfly Farm, British Motor Museum and local art galleries.

We will take part in local events for example, Warwick School “Young artists”, Warwick Poppies and VE Day celebrations.

Inclusion and Equal Opportunities

Children with special educational needs have equal access to resources and materials. Activities are differentiated to ensure the needs of pupils are best met. Work produced by all pupils is valued and celebrated through display, assemblies and class activities. Children who show aptitude are identified, encouraged and given opportunity to flourish.

Assessing, Recording and Monitoring

Each child has an Art and Design sketchbook which serves as a cumulative record of their work and is passed on to the next teacher at the end of each year. Monitoring takes place regularly through sampling children’s work, teacher planning and pupil voice.


Pupils are made aware of potential hazards in the use of materials and tools. It is not possible to remove all the risks and hazards, but pupils are carefully supervised. Protective clothing such as aprons and gloves are used as appropriate.


Date ratified by Performance and Standards Committee: June 2020

Next review date: June 2023 (every 3 years)


Associated Policies


Learning and Teaching (for roles and responsibilities of teachers and subject leaders)

Equal Opportunities



Art and Design Policy to Download
Curriculum Map Overview
Art and Design Long Term Plan

Art and Design Action Plan 2022-23

Art and Design Assessment Milestones

The Elements of Art and Design

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