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" Art is not what you see

but what you make others see."

Subject Leader: Mrs Lavis


At Victoria Road, we value the importance of Art & Design for all children. We ensure that a range of materials and mediums are experienced across year groups including printing, form, colour, drawing, texture & pattern. It is also ensured that these skills are built upon as the children progress through the school and so each of these skills is taught at least once per key stage. 


Creative projects are planned which link to the topics being taught each term, in line with our creative curriculum. All children are given the opportunity, not only to learn new skills but to experience art as an outlet for creativity and emotion. 



Art and Design

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.


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

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Art and Design Statement of Intent


The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to engage, inspire, and challenge pupils. It aims to equip children with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment with and create their own works of art and design.  At Victoria Road Primary, we hope to implement this through Art and Design lessons and a rich cross-curricular approach. During their time at Victoria Road, each child will have their own sketchbook to design, practise and develop their skills and artworks. This will evidence a progression of techniques throughout the school years. 


Art and Design is an importance part of our curriculum and it is our aim to engage and inspire all children through creative planning opportunities. We believe that Art and Design encourages children to develop their creativity, nurture their imagination and provides children with a variety of ways to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions. We enter various competitions and have various clubs and visitors within our topics.


We aim to give all children the confidence to express themselves through a range of chosen mediums. Our children are given the opportunities to experiment with a range of different materials, to use drawing, painting and sculpting techniques to bring their ideas to life, and to practise art and design techniques when using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. As the children progress they will be encouraged to progress their skills through experimentation and developing their control and finesse. 


We want our children to know how Art & Design has contributed to our culture and understanding of our history and the world. Our children will focus on a variety of key artists linked to their topics and they will begin to understand the development of their particular art forms. The children will have opportunities to take inspiration from these key artists and create their own artworks in their particular styles. At Victoria Road Primary, we hope to foster and continually grow a love of Art and Design as the children progress through our school, giving all of our children the opportunities and skills needed to develop their understanding and techniques.


Art Progression of Skills Map 2020-2021