Art and Design

Engaging, exciting and empowering lifelong learners through a creative, mastery-based curriculum

Our curriculum is centred around developing the whole child: from their head, to their heart, to their hand.

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The characteristics of an artist at East Farleigh Primary:

  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations,

  • Convey insights and accentuate their individuality.

  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.

  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.

  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or

digital media.

  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.

  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.

  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.

  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.

  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.

  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.

Curriculum Ambition: Art and Design

At East Farleigh Primary School our intent is to engage the head, excite the heart and empower the hand in all that we do. We intend to deliver outstanding teaching of Art & Design across all year groups, to do this we will have topics rich with learning opportunities both practical and mental, experiences that spark the interest of our pupils and topics that can be cross curricular, therefore able to embed pupil’s knowledge and skills to a mastery level and create lifelong lovers of learning.

Curriculum Design: Art and Design

The curriculum at East Farleigh Primary school has been carefully designed and planned by our teachers to provide opportunities for all children to be their best. We strive to provide a curriculum that is exciting, engaging and purposeful yet tailored to our pupils' interests and needs.

Our curriculum is humanity rich and supports an understanding of British values with a heavy focus on cultural capital. We believe that it is of huge importance that the children experience their learning first hand so staff endeavour to make each topic and area of learning based on tangible experiences, whilst following an adapted National Curriculum.

The design of our curriculum is further aided by the use of The Essentials Curriculum which is designed to develop deeper thinking skills and is supported by a set of subject specific knowledge and key skills.


Curriculum Concepts: Art and Design

  • Develop ideas

This concept involves understanding how ideas develop through an artistic process.

  • Master techniques

This concept involves developing a skill set so that ideas may be communicated.

  • Take inspiration from the greats

This concept involves learning from both the artistic process and techniques of great artists and artisans throughout history.

Meeting Milestones: Art and Design

As part of our curriculum philosophy, built on around the concept of mastery and learning being a change to long-term memory, it is impossible to see impact in the short term. We do, however, use assessment based on deliberate practice. This means that we look at the practices taking place to determine whether they are appropriate, related to our goals and likely to produce results in the long run. We use comparative judgement in two ways: in the tasks we set (POP tasks) and in comparing a child's work over time. We also use lesson observations to see if the pedagogical style matches our depth expectations.

Pupil Voice

Aspirations for the future

As an artist, you could become a:

  • curator

  • wardrobe master

  • photographer

  • kitchen designer

  • illustrator