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Art and Design

“Art and Design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise: with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate


At Crawley Ridge Infant School, we believe that Art and Design contributes to the school curriculum by encouraging children to think creatively, generate ideas and find their own solutions for a given task. We aim to develop knowledge, understanding and an enjoyment of Art and Design. The planned curriculum for Art and Design at Crawley Ridge is structured with a focus on the progression of skills across the year groups.  We aim to teach and develop specific skills in drawing, painting, print making, textiles and three dimensional work. The children will be taught to plan, make and evaluate their work. They will learn to select and use a range of appropriate tools safely. Pupils will learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the similarities and differences and making links to their own work.

The National Curriculum for KS1 states that pupils should be 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

" Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works..."  The National Curriculum in England 2014



Please find attached to the bottom of this webpage a progression grid outlining how Art and Design is implemented throughout our school.


By the time pupils leave our school they will develop a love and passion for creative art work which they produce and are exposed to by gaining knowledge of a variety of artists where they can discuss their use of different styles and techniques. They will develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and craft techniques and be aware of how to use and adopt a variety of medium to represent their ideas. They will be able to evaluate their work and investigate ways to improve their work with confidence. The children are inspired to create their own art work and replicate skills they have developed in school at home and are enthusiastic in sharing their achievements.