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Understanding the Arts

Art and Design at

Hiltingbury Infant School

Art and design is highly valued as a part of our ‘Creative Curriculum’.  We hold an annual ‘Arts Week’ in the Autumn Term.


During this time children are encouraged to explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. They are taught skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, clay and model making      .

They are given opportunities to study real works of art and work with local artists. Parents are invited into school to share their expertise and work alongside the children.                                    


There are many opportunities to make observational drawing of real objects, encouraging children to look carefully and apply drawing skills learnt.


Every opportunity is taken to use the outdoor learning environment to enhance the children’s experiences.


All children have their work exhibited. 





The Curriculum


Year R

In Year R the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework in which they work towards early learning goals in Expressive Art and Design.

They are given opportunities to explore materials. They are taught how to handle paintbrushes, use printing tools, mix colours and handle clay and other sculpting materials.


Key Stage One

At Key Stage One the children follow the National Curriculum .


Purpose of Study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design 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 pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.




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.


Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


Sketch books are used throughout Key Stage 1 as a means of tracking skills progression. They are used during ‘Art Week' and as part of the half termly topics.


Awards we have achieved so far.