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Art and Design


Stainton School aims to encourage creativity through a wide variety of forms and expression.


All children are encouraged to develop their artistic creativity, learn new skills and processes and develop their existing talents. They are given opportunities to explore a wide range of materials, tools and techniques in 2D, 3D and digital media.


Art and Design allows children to understand and respond to the world around them by communicating what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. It gives the children a platform to develop self-esteem and individuality – raising self-confidence across the primary curriculum.


The children are taught about art appreciation and about how art can improve their local environment through art and design activities. The children have sketchbooks, which they take with them through the school, to explore ideas and experiment with techniques. They can adapt and annotate ideas, revisiting them on a regular basis.


By studying the work of artists and designers, they explore ideas, meanings and work in styles similar to their own. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.


The National Curriculum for Art & Design in Key Stage 1


Pupils are taught:


  • to become competent using cutting skills;
  • to represent real-life items using familiar shapes;
  • 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 experiment using different art and design techniques including colour, pattern, texture, line and shape;
  • 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.


The National Curriculum for Art & Design in Key Stage 2


Pupils are 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 and sculpture with a range of materials;
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.