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Aldrington CE Primary School

Art and Design

Art and Design is an essential subject at Aldrington. It gives children the skills and knowledge to respond to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It enhances a child’s imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. We engage with art all around us, and at Aldrington children are exposed to art that engages and moves them. Art is cross-curricular, from primary sources in history to book illustrations in history. As the leading children’s author Quentin Blake says, “Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”

At Aldrington, we want our children to show appreciation for different types of art and design and be able to respond to it in a variety of ways, describing its effect on their senses. We want children to feel confident to explore their imagination in both 2D and 3D forms. We want children to develop skills using a variety of media and investigate how different materials work.


In Key Stage 1 children will learn:

  • 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, and
  • to describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and make links to their own work.


In Key Stage 2 children will learn:

  • 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 (such as pencil, charcoal, paint or clay), and
  • about great artists, architects and designers working today and in the past.


Art and Design Policy

Progression of Skills in Art and Design