Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”


Art Intent Statement:

At Therfield First School we value art and design as an integral part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides our children with opportunities to develop and extend their skills, and express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. Pupils are encouraged to evaluate work within a safe and supportive environment.


Pupils will learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.


The Art and Design Curriculum

Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of Art and Design are set out in the National Curriculum Art and Design Document and within the Expressive Arts and Design section of the Early Years Foundation Stage Document.


Key Areas within the Art and Design Curriculum:


· Exploring and Developing Ideas

· Drawing

· Painting

· Sculpture

· Collage

· Textiles

· Painting

· Work of Other Artists


How Art and Design is Taught at Therfield First School

At Therfield First School we are passionate about developing and promoting Art and Design through an enjoyable, creative and cross curricular approach. We aim to provide a visual, tactile and sensory experience and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. As well as focused high-quality teaching we enrich our children’s learning and experiences of Art and Design through a range of opportunities during school time and in after school clubs.


In the Early Years, Art and Design is taught under the heading of Expressive Arts and Design and children are provided with daily opportunities to develop their skills through both teacher-led and independent activities. In Key Stage One and Two, Art and Design is not taught as a weekly discrete subject, but follows a 2-year rolling programme. All of the Key Stage One National Curriculum outcomes are taught within this time frame as well as the Lower Key Stage Two outcomes (as identified in our Intent and Progression Document). Sequences of lessons are carefully mapped across the half term, year and Key Stages to build on pupils’ prior learning and to ensure a clear progression of skills.


Lessons introduce pupils to a variety of different artists, craftspeople and designers and encourage them to explore the ideas and background of their work. This emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.


Throughout the year we invite artists to visit our school, giving all children the experience of taking part in a hands-on workshop and the opportunity to be inspired by a ‘real artist’. Wherever possible lessons also take place outside of the classroom and pupils are encouraged to make use of the natural materials surrounding them, e.g. when learning about sculpture during our Forest School lessons.