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Art at Lady Bay

Art at Lady Bay 1 Art and design stimulates creativity and promotes imagination. It provides a variety of sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures.

At Lady Bay, we follow the guidelines outlined in the new National Curriculum for Art and also use elements from the FOCUS Learning Challenge curriculum, using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting points for some of our projects in art and design.


At Lady Bay our aims in teaching art are to:

  • build on the artistic skills, experience and understanding which the child already possesses.

  • encourage the child to find enjoyment, fulfilment, and achievement throughout art, craft and design and see themselves as artists, designers and craft workers.

  • develop skills to use a range of materials, techniques and tools effectively and competently.


 In KS1 pupils are taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


In KS2 pupils are taught:

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

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