Art and DT Curriculum Overview

At Middleton Parish pupils are engaged, inspired and challenged to develop their knowledge and skills. They experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. They will also learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

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

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

During the Early Years Foundation Stage, 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 their artistic potential, children will be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas.

In Key Stage 1 pupils will be taught to use a range of materials creatively. Pupils will use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop their own ideas, experiences and imagination. Furthermore, they will develop a wide range of techniques using colour, patterns, texture, line, shape, form and space. Pupils will be taught about a range of artists, craft makers and designers, whilst making links to their own work.

In Key Stage 2 pupils will continue to build on and develop their skills and techniques from Key stage 1. Pupils will create personal sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. They will develop further skills such as design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay] whilst continuing to learn about great artists, architects and designers throughout history.



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Middleton Parish CE Primary School

Springfield Road, Middleton
Manchester M24 5DL

Tel: 0161 643 0753
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