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Blaby Stokes CE Primary School

Blaby Stokes Primary School

Art and Design


We are aiming to build and develop cultural capital exposing children to some of the best known works and artists as well as giving them opportunities to develop their own skills and knowledge. As well as being progressive and building on prior skills and knowledge as children progress through the school, the arts curriculum is also linked horizontally to the units and themes children are studying.   Art and Design is an essential part of the broad and balanced curriculum that we provide for all of our children.  Through Art and Design, our children learn about history, different cultures and forms of expression as well as how to express themselves, evoke emotions and recreate the world around them.

Our Art and Design curriculum promotes a love of creativity and is taught through positive reinforcement and encouragement.

It encompasses the aims of the National Curriculum and enables children to:

  • Explore and develop ideas, for example record and explore ideas from first hand experience, discuss their own work, develop their ideas and try things out, changing their minds, exploring the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and times and looking for similarities and differences 
  • Evaluate and develop work, for example reviewing what they and others have done and say what they think and feel about it. Identify what they might change in their current work or develop in future work. 
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Art and Design in action at BSP

Our children's artistic journey begins in the Early Years where every child develops their understanding of expressive arts through high quality provision, carefully designed to support the key developmental skill and expose them to a wide variety of media and ideas.

These fundamentals are then extended in Key Stage 1, where the children discover artists and different artwork and start to bring these ideas into their own work through provision and discrete Art and Design lessons.  In Key Stage 2, the children use their knowledge of artistic techniques to explore different artistic periods and styles, including architecture and design. Key skills are revisited and built upon year on year, so by the end of their time at Blaby Stokes, all children have experienced and remember the basic techniques they need to be artists and designers, and have an in depth knowledge of significant artists through history.  We aim for all children to leave our school as confident and inspiring artists, full of vision and creativity.

Our Art and Design scheme of work uses the Learn AT framework and is developed to complement the units of work the children are following in other subject areas while also allowing the children to engage in a high quality curriculum.  We use a wide variety of material from different sources to support learning and are working with colleagues across the trust to provide high quality teaching and learning.