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We understand the importance of the impact of Art and Design at Coltishall Primary School as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. It provides children with opportunities to develop and extend skills to express their individual interests and ideas, whilst also contributing to the development of the child emotionally, aesthetically, spiritually, intellectually and socially. 


High quality art education equips children with the skills to explore, experiment, create and invent their own work of art whilst engaging, inspiring and challenging pupils. As artists, children should be able to critically evaluate their work and the work of others, taking influence from well-known artists and adapting their work accordingly. As their skill set progresses, they should understand how art has changed their landscape, culture and history.


Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, and evaluating and developing work. We do this best through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales using a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT. 



  • To enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work; 
  • To help each child achieve their creative potential in both two and three dimensional work, working on a variety of scales. 
  • To develop the children’s knowledge of materials by allowing them to experiment freely and to encourage them to use materials sensibly and safely.
  • To ensure the children learn a range of skills so that they develop an expertise in using both materials and equipment and so enable the realisation of their ideas. 
  • To explore with children ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craft people and designers and help them learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures; 
  • To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers. 
  • To encourage pupils to appreciate the beauty, order and precision that is found, naturally and man-made, in our world. 




Before embarking on key stage 1 work, our children will have attended our reception class where they will have had opportunities to find out and learn about the world they live in. The F.S. provides a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity. We relate the creative development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. 


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. 



We recognise the fact that we have children of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.