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Art & Design

Intent and Implementation Art and Design 2023-24


Art, craft and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity and expression. At Orchard Fields, we aim to provide a high-quality education that exposes children to art & design concepts which engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and develop their own ideas. To observe and record from first-hand experience and imagination, develop competence in controlling materials and tools and become proficient in a variety of art & design techniques and processes. They are taught how art & design both reflect and shape our history and how these contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. As pupils progress, they are encouraged to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of the skills required to achieve their full potential in the subject, to incorporate them across the curriculum and open their eyes to their potential use in later life.


In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in art & design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art is taught independently and linked throughout the curriculum, with opportunities taken to incorporate the subject into both core and foundation subjects wherever possible. Skills and progression throughout the school are informed and influenced by National Curriculum expectations. Sketch books are introduced from Year 2 and used as a tool to allow children space for experimentation and development of skills and ideas. At Orchard Fields, we strive to expose children to a wide variety of art techniques and skills as well as informing them of potential career opportunities. Consideration is given to how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion across all abilities through differentiated tasks and activities.

Cross curricular outcomes in art are specifically planned for, with strong links between art and literacy lessons identified, planned for and utilised with opportunities for learning outside the classroom included whenever possible, such as educational visits, forest school, competitions and after school clubs and activities.

Art and Design Progression Map

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