Every child is an artist – Pablo Picasso

Art can transform lives. It gives us the power to question, to confront, to explore and the challenge how we think about the world. – Lucy Lui

Art and Design is a foundation subject in the primary National Curriculum. Art is a process through which children develop their research skills, imagination and creative thinking. It is an essential part of pupils’ learning at Alexander McLeod Primary School because it equips our children with an extensive range of skills (including, drawing, painting and sculpting) as well as an appreciation for creativity in the world around them. There are significant links between Art and Design and many other areas of the curriculum, which provides opportunities for children to connect different learning experiences and therefore make better sense of a wide range of concepts.

The teachers plan based on the National Curriculum objectives for Art and Design, taking into account the children’s prior learning in other areas of the school. On long term plans, teaching teams outline which units will be taught throughout the academic year and when, making links where possible to other areas of the curriculum in order to make their Art and Design learning as contextualised and meaningful as possible. The next step in the planning process is medium term planning, where teachers plan sequences of lessons and make considerations about differentiation. Teachers plan these lessons using the following planning model:

  • Brief
  • Research
  • Plan
  • Create
  • Evaluate


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