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Art and Design

Our art and design curriculum fosters pupils’ imagination and creativity while giving them the appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding in investigating, creating and evaluating artwork as set out in the national curriculum.

At Croyland Primary School we value and view art and design as an important part of a child’s entitlement to a board and balanced curriculum. It provides pupils with the opportunities to learn about and be inspired by a range of artists from throughout history. The focus on growing pupils’ skills through their learning experiences, provides them with the ability and confidence to share and express their individual interests, experiences, thoughts and ideas in a visual or tactile form. These visual and tactile forms of work may be created by individuals or be the efforts of many pupils who have created a large collaborative piece. Pupils are given opportunities to reflect, with increasing sensitivity, that enables pupils to make informed critical responses of their own work as well as others.

We have used the Chris Quigley knowledge webs to develop our long term plan to ensure progression across the school. We have confidence in the principle that the curriculum needs a ‘forwards and backwards’ approach where regular opportunities are given to retrieve prior knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and visual drivers (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and 3D form). This ensures that children’s knowledge of art and design is built on, year on year, and then within the year group pupils understanding is deepened not widened.