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Westcliffe Primary School

'Our school is committed to inspirational teaching that develops aspirational young people.'



At Westcliffe Primary School, our art and design curriculum aims to instil a love of learning. It engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Learning about famous art and artists, regardless of gender, creed or culture, develops the children’s tolerance and knowledge of the world.



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.


How the subject is taught:

Art and Design is taught progressively across school, from the Early Years to Year 6. The elements of art (colour, tone, pattern, texture, line, perspective, shape, and form) are developed by working with different media.  Art units take place termly, and cohorts have a specific media focus, building on their prior knowledge. Links are made to artists and designers to engage the children and develop their knowledge of art. The school threads: settlements, leadership, conflict and legacy are explored, built upon and revisited a number of times throughout the different units across the whole school. 


If you walk into an art lesson, you will see:

If you walk into an art lesson, you will see artists working with a range of media including pencils, charcoal, paint, clay and textiles. By working with the different media they will be developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of colour, tone, pattern, texture, line, perspective, shape, and form. Specific art language and vocabulary is developed through learning about different artists, designers, craftspeople and architects across times and cultures.


If you have any questions about Art and Design, please contact our subject leader, Mrs Gemma Brown.