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Art and DT

As Artists...

Children will develop the skills to:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in a range of art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works
  • Know about great artists, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


As Designers...

Children will develop the skills to:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


Summary of Progression of Skills


Oake Bradford and Nynehead value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. 


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. Our scheme of work aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. We aim to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history. 


We follow the National curriculums aims. 

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: 


  1.  Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences 

  1.  Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques 

  1.  Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design, 

  1.  Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 



Our scheme of work is designed with five strands that run throughout. These are:

● Generating ideas

● Using sketchbooks

● Making skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)

● Knowledge of artists

● Evaluating and analysing


We strive for a cross curricular approach to out art and design. Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the National Curriculum, are also woven throughout units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Units in each year group are organised into four core areas:

● Drawing

● Painting and mixed-media

● Sculpture and 3D

● Craft and design




Children are able to produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.

★ Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

★ Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.

★ Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.

★ Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Art and design.





We believe pupils make progress in the art curriculum when they build practical, theoretical and disciplinary knowledge and learn the connections between them.


Three domains of knowledge and the interplay between them enable pupils to generate ideas and use sketchbooks to develop their own artistic identity.


These are substanstive knowlede that includes practical and theoretical knowledge.


Practical Knowledge includes:


Methods and techniques ● Media and materials ● Formal elements: Line, tone, shape, colour, form, pattern, texture.


Theoretical knowledge includes:


Children consider the meanings and interpretations behind works of art that they study and explore artists’ materials and processes.


These work alongside Disciplinary Knowledge


Disciplinary knowledge refers to the knowledge children acquire to help them understand the subject as a discipline. Pupils learn how art is studied, discussed and judged, considering our big questions: What is art? Why do people make art? How do people talk about art?