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Art/Design and Technology  at Flyford Flavell First School 


We are a very creative school, running  an art club for KS2 children and holding  an annual arts focus day. This year we focused on printing skills and representing form.    We believe that art is a vital and integral part of children’s education. It provides them with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide spectrum of different types of art in our society. Art contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. Moreover, it enables pupils to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them and therefore links strongly to our school values. The focus is in developing proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour and shade and sculpture, with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design.

Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing an accessible and engaging curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.

Early Years 

Children develop their artistic skills through child initiated activities. They have an opportunity to use a range of media and materials as well as a selection of tools to develop preferred skills. Children use their own imagination and observations from both their environment and other artists to design their own creations.  They have frequent opportunities to explore “junk” modelling to let their imagination run wild!


Key Stage One

Children bake biscuits and  design houses .  They look at the work of Degas, Andy Warhol, Van Gogh and Poonac.  They begin to learn how to plan a design or art project, think about the resources they need and then think reflect on the finished result.  Children are encouraged to view a range of art work and share their thoughts.  Do they like it? If so why? How does it make them feel?  They begin to understand and respect other peoples’ thoughts and feelings about art.

The children develop their artistic skills including sketching, colour mixing, painting and sculpting. They draw inspiration from a range of artists including LS Lowry, William Morris, Turner and David Hockney.   They create their own interpretations of the work of artists that they have studied.  Children design vehicles, using and applying their mathematical skills, based on their topic work and develop their analytical skills further.  Children understand that people react differently to art, having their own personal likes or dislikes. 


Lower Key Stage Two

Pupils will develop their artistic techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. They explore different styles of self-portraits and study a wider range of artists. They will use technology to show their own interpretations of famous works.

Pupils explore a range of techniques and have the opportunity to use different materials. Linked to their history topic, they look at the use of simple patterns to make intricate designs such as the Josephine Knot. The children explore how relationships are portrayed in art by looking at the work of different artists. They have the opportunity to study the works Casper Friedrich, Harold Edgerton, and Steven Wiltshire.

Children will be able to plan, design and evaluate their own design and art works.  They will be confident in appreciating how different artistic techniques can convey emotions. 


Upper Key Stage Two

In Years Five and Six, pupils will be given the opportunities to develop their creativity, skills and techniques further through explorations and studies of differing artists and media. Artists to be investigated include Kandinsky, Lowry, Monet, Banksy, Matisse and Seurat. Pupils shall explore contrasting landscape styles, portrait, collage, sculptures in addition to art from different cultures and times and gain an understanding of meanings and messages that art can express.

Pupils will also expand their techniques and abilities in design and technology. Across their projects they will have the opportunities to investigate materials including electrical components, fabrics, modelling and food. Upper Key Stage Two children will then take their learning further by designing and building moving models, different breads and meals and their own fabrics. They will also be introduced to the researching, marketing and development of their items to specific briefs with Enterprise projects.

Key Skills Progression