National Curriculum Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should 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 should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

At Highfields we aim to provide opportunities for children to develop their knowledge and skills of Art and DT while also cultivating their own imagination and creativity. Children are taught specific skills that have clear progression across key stages and enable them to explore and develop ideas, evaluate their work and build on their Art skills while also developing artistic techniques.

There are many forms of art that the children have opportunities to explores, such as drawing, painting, collage, printing, 3D form, textiles and digital media. We endeavour for art to be linked with our 'contexts for learning'. We have a planned overview demonstrating how the children should progress each year and how skills are built upon and developed across key stages.