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Art and Design

Art and Design


At Ravensworth Terrace Primary School, our children are encouraged to express themselves creatively through our stimulating topics and lessons which cover a wide range of types of arts. Drawing, painting, 3D form, textiles and printmaking are all areas of the art curriculum which our children explore in a meaningful way through cross curricular links, having access to a multitude of resources, tools and equipment. We aim to inspire, engage and challenge our children, teaching them about the works of great artists alongside that of local artists. Through teaching of the work and stylistic features of various different artists, our children are encouraged to look deeply at techniques and skills before designing their own artistic piece. Throughout the school, critical thinking is encouraged and children develop a greater sense of how art and design have contributed to different cultures and societies. Our children learn how art can be a window into the history of different eras and civilisations and they are encouraged to explore art, asking questions and researching areas of importance and interest. At Ravensworth Terrace, we aim to motivate children of all abilities and backgrounds and endeavour to inspire all to achieve, communicate and express their talents through a range of diverse and thought provoking art work.



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 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.

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • 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 should be 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 should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • 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]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.


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