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Art & Design Vision

At Haberdashers' Crayford Primary we believe that Art is more than a matter of painting pictures or making objects. It is a means by which children can express their individuality and communicate ideas about themselves and the world around them. Our curriculum allows pupils to be driven by ambition and the belief that possibilities and opportunities are boundless. Therefore, Art is a vital part of this, providing a means of expression for all children. Through the teaching of art, we aim to develop curiosity, developing a greater interest in the world around them and creativity, developing their imagination and creative expression. We also develop our children’s social skills and confidence by teaching them to share opinions and ideas with one another about their work and the work of others.

Art provides children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills, and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts, and ideas. It is a practical subject which stimulates creativity and imagination through the use of a wide range of materials. A high-quality art 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 our pupils’ progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

At Haberdashers' Crayford Primary we ensure that art offers opportunities to:  

  • equip children with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas, feelings and experiences in a visual and tactile form;
  • develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meaning;
  • be able to identify and appreciate the work of other artists which reflect diversity;
  • develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and craft and design using a variety of materials, enabling them to become independent learners;
  • help children to develop socially through collaborative working;
  • develop children’s awareness that the process of creating art is equally as valuable as the finished product.

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. All key stages ensure that Art is taught as part of the curriculum vehicles and alongside other subjects to gain a greater understanding of different cultures, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the Art curriculum. Art is very effective as a cross-curricular link, adding to children’s experiences and depth of understanding in other areas of their learning. However, the development of skills is the over-riding feature in planning. The outcomes may vary from year to year within a particular year group, but the skill progression will remain. We believe that by teaching children skills for life and exposing them to a wide a range of opportunities, we are preparing them for the next stage in their life.

Art & Design Overview


art design curriculum overview.pdf

Art & Design Progression Map


art design progression map.pdf