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Thomas Reade Primary School

Art and design


Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and an understanding and response to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think, through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children are encouraged to become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions as they explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. The subjects are carefully planned and sequenced to include long, medium- and short-term plans which are regularly reviewed.  Throughout the planning of these subjects, children with SEND, EAL and PP are carefully considered to ensure inclusivity.  


The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, there is then an opportunity for evaluating and developing work. Whole-class teaching, individual or group activities are used to develop a broad depth of learning styles. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children. They encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the work of others, and to say what they think and feel about them. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.  


Our children build on the skills taught and are able to analyse art and design in the world around them. For our foundation subjects, each child is assessed at the end of each term. This gives an insight into how effective our lessons are and changes are made accordingly.