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‘Together We Achieve’



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Art, Craft and Design are unique forms of human expression and communication, fundamentally important to the creative, intellectual, aesthetic and physical development of, not only the child, but all humans. They provide a unique vehicle that enables the recording of expressions of emotions, ideas and observations of both individuals and their world through an enormous range of materials and processes.

At Swanwick Primary School all children will be entitled to experiences in Art, Craft and Design which are:

  •  Inspiring, rich, varied and enjoyable
  •  Challenge them to their full potential
  • Feel secure, confident and able to contribute and explore
  •  Offer learning experiences of the highest standard possible, irrespective of gender, ethnic background, age, disadvantages or ability.

The art programme is in line with the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and is designed to provide experiences which cover the full range of individual strengths and abilities through the widest possible range of activities. Children will have access to a continuity of teaching and learning which will enable them to be:

  •  Willing to use their imagination
  •  Curious about the natural world
  •  Confident in using materials, tools and equipment safely and effectively
  •  Thoughtful about what they are doing
  •  Interested in the work of others and world of the artist, craftsperson and designer
  • Visually literate - that is, to understand and use art to communicate ideas, feelings and meaning


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Swanwick Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and where appropriate is linked to enquiry in order to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

 The Art subject progression document allows for teachers to be clear of end goals, build on what has been taught previously and ensure complete coverage of the curriculum.

The expectation is that Learning and teaching styles will differ from each lesson and will address the needs and wants of the children and the needs and wants of the subject being taught. We endeavour to utilise many learning and teaching styles.

Children’s enjoyment of art should be developed through activities that bring together requirements from:

  •  Investigating and Making
  •  Knowledge and Understanding

Pupils should be given opportunities to experience different approaches to art including those that involve working individually, in small groups and as a whole class. In order to develop visual perception, children should be taught the creative, imaginative and practical skills to:

  •  Express ideas and feelings
  •  Record responses, including observations of the natural and man-made environment
  •  Design and make images and artefacts

Children should be given opportunities to:

  •  Gather resources and materials, using them to stimulate and develop ideas.
  •  Explore and use two and three dimensional media, working on a variety of scales.
  •  Respond to and evaluate art, including others and their own work.
  •  Use sketchbooks when appropriate.

In order to develop visual literacy, pupils should be taught about the different ways in which idea, feelings and meanings are communicated in visual form.


Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. The data is to be analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.


The Art subject leader and class teacher are responsible for the standard of children’s work and for the quality of teaching in art. The work of the Art subject leader also involves supporting colleagues in the teaching of art, being informed about current developments in the subject and providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the school.

The Art subject leader will present an annual report to the Head teacher in which they evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in the subject and indicates areas for further improvement in the form of an action plan.

Meaningful links with other curriculum areas result in displayed art featuring a wide range of subjects. In some instances, these are shared with parents in feature days e.g. Egyptian Day.

Children’s work is displayed in the locality e.g. Well Dressings and recently he local RSPB exhibit

Self-reflection added to sketchbooks for assessment ensuring individual interest and curiosity is developed Children feel successful as they achieve, ask questions and present their work in the hall , class display, corridor displays or class gallery.

Swanwick Primary School

South Street, Swanwick,
Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1BZ

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