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Mayville Primary School

Mayville Primary School

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Art & Design

At Mayville Primary School we provide a positive, caring environment, that ensures every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and Design.  We believe that every child within our school should have full access to Art and Design as laid down in the National Curriculum regardless of age, gender or ability. We seek to ensure that our teaching reflects the current guidance to schools, which emphasises the particular importance of designing and making.


The purpose of Art and Design education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.

While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of others.

There is great pleasure to be derived from Art and Design and, through deeper understanding; pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.

At Mayville we believe that the learning of Art provides a valuable educational, as well as social and cultural experiences for children of all ages. Pupils develop life skills and have the chance to extend their knowledge of a practitioner’s works. 

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Mayville Primary School follows the revised National Curriculum for Art and Design Technology at Key stage 1 and 2. All pupils have at least 4 stand-alone lessons per term in Art as well as Design Technology and these subjects will be embedded in the curriculum as much as possible. Art lessons are also integrated in other lessons continuously. Foundation Stage pupils will be taught and encouraged to use simple Art and Design Technology skills. The children will have a focus on one area each half term, covering topics of each subject throughout the academic year. 



The children undertake a balanced programme that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. Through Art and Design, the children learn a range of skills, concepts, attitudes, techniques and methods of working.

This academic year, teachers will use the Prospectus planning to deliver topics, which include Art. The coverage and delivery will be monitored by the school’s Art co-ordinator Miss Saleh. If there are any gaps in curriculum coverage, there is a plan in place to make sure these gaps are filled.

Early Years
During the Early Years, young children will be given the opportunity to explore colour, texture, shape and form in two and three dimensions. The children will have access to a wide range of constructions, collage, painting and drawing activities, using appropriate tools and art materials. In order to tap into their artistic potential, the children will be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas.

Key Stage 1
During Key Stage 1, Art and Design is about expanding children’s creativity and imagination through providing art, craft and design activities relating to the children’s own identity and experiences, to natural and manufactured objects and materials with which they are familiar, and the locality in which they live.
• Children will explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes and begin to understand and use colour, shape and space, pattern and texture, to represent their own ideas and feelings.
• Children will focus on the work of artists, craftspeople, other cultures, and sculptors and designers by asking and answering questions, such as: ‘What is it like?’ ‘What do I think about it?’

Key Stage 2
During Key Stage 2, Art and Design is about fostering children’s creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes, through providing more complex activities. Children’s experiences help them to understand the diverse roles and functions of Art and Design in the world around them.

Art & Design Skills - I Can Statements

Key Stage 1

  • I can produce creative work, exploring my ideas and recording my experiences
  • I can become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • I can evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • I can use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • I can use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share my ideas, experiences and imagination
  • I can develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • I know about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, and I can describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and make links to my own work.



Key Stage 2

  • I can produce creative work, exploring my ideas and recording my experiences
  • I can become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • I can evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • I know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and I understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • I can develop my techniques, including control and use of my materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • I can create a sketch book to record my observations and use it to review and revisit my ideas
  • I can improve my mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • I can talk about great artists, architects and designers in history.