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Art and design

Learn both disciplinary and substantive knowledge.

Enhance and Extend vocabulary.

Apply within lesson and across various units and other subjects

Remember and retain knowledge.

National Curriculum and more.


Art and design - intent

At Bridgewater Park we value both art and design as important to children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our art and design curriculum provides children wit opportunities to develop and extend skills and to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1.  Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  2. Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  3.  Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  4.  Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Art and design - implementation

The teaching and implementation of the art curriculum at Bridgewater Park is based the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. Pupils are exposed to a range of disciplinary knowledge and substantive knowledge, as attached in the units of work below. The art scheme work scheme works on a two-year cycle.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  1.  To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2.  To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3.  To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4.  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.    

Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

  1.  To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2.  To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  3.  About great artists, architects and designers in history.

Impact of art and design

The curriculum allows pupils exposure to a range of different artists and art forms, across their time at Bridgewater Park Primary. Pupils build on their skills' year in year out to ensure a smooth progression throughout.