Art at Wickhambrook

At Wickhambrook Primary School, all of our teaching and learning builds on our core values; Achievement, Commitment, Resilience, Respect and Responsibility. We believe in a high quality art and design education that encourages all students to participate, develop and enjoy their creative abilities and develop as artists. Art and Design is an integral part of all cultures and can provide opportunities to learn about diverse global issues and historical events that changed the world, resulting in different art and craft styles and traditions. Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness and is an expressive outlet for creativity.

Aims of the art and design Curriculum

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

•produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

•become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design


•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.

An engaging, varied curriculum teaches the skills required to realise the student’s artistic potential. They are encouraged to express opinions and evaluate their own work and the work of others. Students are encouraged to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

Our Art and Design curriculum is knowledge and vocabulary rich, ensuring children gain a deep understanding of fundamental artistic knowledge and skills.   In addition, children are exposed to a variety of different artists both modern and historical.

Central to the learning modules are activities designed to develop pupils’ oracy and vocabulary skills to enable them to use artistic language meaningfully when talking about their work and the work of others.