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At Laburnum Primary School we want pupils to be creative and develop a love of Art and Design.  We want them to appreciate the wide range of opportunities that Art and Design can offer for creative careers, so that pupils may aspire to be illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, curators, architects or printmakers. 


The children learn about artists, crafts people and designers across a wide variety of media. Our Art and Design curriculum develops children’s own creativity, teaches them specific skills and gives them opportunities to explore different techniques for different media.  Where meaningful and appropriate, links are made between Art and Design and other curriculum areas.


We follow the National Curriculum which allows pupils to develop, create, reflect and evaluate their art work in all year groups.

The National Curriculum aims are:

  • 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.


Art is taught in every year group, for one unit per term. Units of work are planned to allow children to study each unit in depth, focussing on developing their knowledge and skills.  They are structured to give children opportunities to research, develop skills, produce a final piece and reflect on and evaluate their work.


Each child in Key Stage 1 and 2 has a sketchbook which they use to foster their sense of creativity, by making initial sketches, developing skills, recording their ideas and expressing their opinions.


Laburnum Primary School’s Long Term Plan for art ensures that every child is given the opportunity to learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and digital art through the exploration of an initial key artist, craft maker or designer and their work.  The children are taught subject specific vocabulary, and encouraged to use this when discussing their own art and that of others.  They learn how their art can reflect influences from famous artwork, and have opportunities to reflect on their own and others’ work, and consider how they may approach a piece differently on another occasion.

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