Art, craft and design is a practical and creative subject. Through their active participation, pupils learn to explore their imagination, generate ideas, acquire skills and apply judgement. It is also a subject in which pupils develop their knowledge and understanding as well as their skills. They learn about the materials and techniques they use and about the world of art, craft and design, recognising the achievements of artists, designers and craftspeople from many different times and cultures. 

Art, craft and design is a subject that gives pupils the opportunity to express ideas attitudes and values. It is a means of communication that plays a significant role in our lives and which pupils will have used from a very early age. It develops and encourages critical and creative thinking. As such, it lends itself readily to enriching, extending and consolidating learning in a variety of curriculum contexts. 

We aim to ensure that all children: 

  • Have entitlement to a broad and balanced, enriching curriculum. 
  • Enjoy an active involvement in art, craft and design. 
  • Have the confidence as well as the skills and experience necessary to communicate their ideas through their artwork. 
  • Have the opportunities to experience a broad and balanced range of art activities and show progression within these experiences.
  • Have opportunities to learn about art from different times and cultures. 
  • Become visually literate and able to identify and apply the key elements of art. 
  • Will be given equal access to the experience of the art regardless of the gender, race or ability. 
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • 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.
  • Develop an understanding of the role of the arts in society, including as a career.

How Is Art Taught At Howard Park?

Art is taught through a dedicated lesson of 1 hour per week for at least two terms through the school year. Children from year 1 begin develop their skills using a sketch book and this is continued all the way through to year 6. Children have the opportunity to work in a variety of different styles and with a variety of mediums through every school year. Pupils develop their skills in the following areas:

  • Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Printing
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles

These are revisited throughout the art curriculum, meaning children have an opportunity to revisit and develop their skills.

We are extremely proud of the art work that our children produce, much of which can be seen around our school on display.

For more information regarding our art curriculum, please see the documents below.