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At Sauncey Wood, it is essential that children are able to experience high quality Art and Design experiences and they can answer some fundamental questions about artists, diverse cultures and how the arts can be aesthetically pleasing.  A sense of awe and wonder is developed through discovery of the processes this creates.  It raises many social and moral questions.  Through teaching, children have the opportunity to discuss choices we make and the effect they have on the world around us.  This gives the children the opportunity to reflect on art work and creative work.  This teaches children about the reasons why people are different and, by developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the opportunities that this brings, it promotes respect for other people.
  • To develop the role of the subject leader for Art in order to ensure all children have access to a rich and challenging Art curriculum which meets national requirements.

  • To 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 through school, they should begin 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.

  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design technique.

  • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


  • carry out an audit to ensure all staff are secure or supported in teaching Art so that all pupils acquire key skills which build on prior learning.

  • promote the enjoyment of Art throughout the school by ensuring that pupils are introduced to a variety of artists and given the opportunity to create art using different media.

  • ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design using a progression of skills.   

  • school curriculum provides pupils with opportunities to develop their skills in art using a range of media and materials. pupils have the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas developing skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art.

  • pupils study a range of works by famous artists to develop knowledge of styles this achieve through cross-curricular opportunities in the classroom. The children have a sketch book that follows them through the school to show progression.

  • Art is displayed to motivate and inspire others and to celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class.


  • monitor the effectiveness of teaching in Art to ensure that pupils reach end of key stage expectations and to evaluate the outcome in order to determine next steps for teaching and learning in Art.

  • We believe our Art and design curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and to stimulate creativity. Pupils are clear about what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this, as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work.

  • In Art, pupils learn how to be reflective and evaluate their own and each other’s work, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving. This is meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection.

Learning beyond the classroom

  • All classes provide a range of opportunities for learning in Art at home through ‘Take Your Pick’ challenges.

  • Tate Kids have a range of activities and information about various artists:

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