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Art and Design

Art and Design at Barden


Art and Design curriculum intent

At Barden Primary School, Art and Design is an important and integral part of the curriculum. We aim to provide a high quality Art and Design Curriculum which engages, inspires and challenges children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.


Our Art and Design curriculum enriches our children’s learning and enables them to communicate their thoughts, ideas and observations in a practical and expressive way. In talking about art and evaluating their own and others’ work, children are encouraged to develop their visual language, ideas and feelings. Through experience of a wide variety of materials, tools and techniques they have the opportunity to record creatively the world around them.


Our Art and Design curriculum enables children to develop proficiency in the skills of drawing, painting, collage, 3D art and textiles, through the provision of stimulating and varied resources, including a diverse range of artist’s work from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. These resources, including real life drawing and painting opportunities, are carefully selected to support and enhance other curriculum areas.


We aim to engage and inspire children to develop a love and appreciation of art and artists, to nurture their natural talents as individuals, increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement and to enable them to understand how art and design both reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the many cultures that surround us today.


Art and Design is delivered as part of the Barden Learning Challenge Curriculum. This meets the expectations set out in the National Curriculum.



At Key stage 1 children will be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


At Key stage 2 children will be taught:

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

  Art and Design Curriculum Overview 2022-23




Art and Design

Year Group Expectations and End Points 

 We have been celebrating the Queen's Jubilee by looking at the different decades of her reign.

Take a look at some of the fantastic art and design work in our school.

Year 2 have been studying Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

Year 6 have been studying Islamic Art.

Year 3 have been working with charcoal to recreate prehistoric cave art.

Year 2 have been painting pictures of the Great Fire of London in the style of Lieve Verschuier.

                Parent Help/Links                  

These websites are a great resource to support you in engaging in art and design learning at home.

If you do any amazing art and design activities at home, don't forget to email your child's class teacher. You might get to see your photos on this page!