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At Southwold, we value and are dedicated to the teaching of Art & Design. We see this as a fundamental part of school life and are committed to providing an ‘Arts Rich Curriculum’ for our children. We believe that by developing this, we can contribute to the quality of our children’s lives, both within and beyond school. We see Art & Design as a means to support learning in a range of ways. The skills that are developed in this subject can be transferred across the curriculum and thus aid learning. We believe art education stimulates creativity and imagination whilst giving all children unique opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially.

 Key characteristics we want to promote with our children:

    • 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.
    • Implement learning opportunities through outdoor learning and the wider community e.g. galleries, museums, local artists and parent workshops.
    • Taking part in competitions and wider initiatives such as Artsmark, Art Award and Creative Collaboratives.


Art & Design lessons will be taught over one half termly period each term, following the Cycle A and B Curriculum Overview. Art & Design will support lines of enquiry for an essential project question each term or may be taught as its own stand-alone line of enquiry if more appropriate. Art and Design lessons will be taught every week unless the objective(s) of the lesson has greater impact being taught as a ‘block’ over a series of time. It contributes to a variety of different skills and techniques that can be used in all curriculum areas, which can be found on the Art & Design Progression Map.

We aim to embed a secure knowledge and understanding of the learning objectives through quality teaching and engaging lessons that all children can access and enjoy and fulfil their potential. This is supported by use of a knowledge organiser. We strive to offer children Art & Design experiences both inside and outside of school in the wider community, through visits to galleries, museums, resident artists, links with university providers and outdoor learning opportunities. We are an ‘Arts Award’ registered centre provider and currently about to enter our third year of the ‘Creative Collaboratives’ Project.



Expressive arts and design is one of the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage and is used to develop a child’s imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. Children do this in range of ways including singing songs and making music, dancing, playing with colours, textures and design. All these approaches to expressive arts, help children to represent and understand their own feelings and ideas.

 Our curriculum for art and design, is designed with five strands that run throughout. These are:

    • Generating Ideas
    • Using sketchbooks
    • Making skills
    • Formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
    • Knowledge of artists
    • Evaluating

 The units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, as a key part of the national curriculum, are also woven throughout the units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Units in each year group are organised into four core areas:

    • Drawing
    • Form
    • Printing
    • Colour
    • Texture
    • Pattern


Art Ambassadors to help lead and drive the arts curriculum. They are involved in projects such as designing learning spaces, timelines and exhibits.

Collaborative projects are not confined to the classroom. Children visit galleries, museums and other enrichment activities are integral to our curriculum and have a clear impact in engaging children and broadening pupils’ horizons. The school has made strong links with external partners such as The Nottingham Contemporary and pupils have worked along resident artists.

Through the Artsmark, pupils continue to experience various art and culture related activities. The Arts Award is available to pupils at KS2, through a chosen creative, cultural, media or craft activity.


At Southwold we pride ourselves in providing an arts rich culture. Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school.

The Art curriculum at Southwold contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. Children can take their experiences of the world and transform them through art, making new connections and relationships through their inventive minds.  Our Art curriculum allows children to explore, build on and record their own creative and imaginative ideas. Children are encouraged through art, to be expressive and inquisitive about themselves, others and the wider world and to develop a passion for this subject beyond life at Southwold.

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