Art & Design



“Because our children enjoy the opportunity to be creative, our creative curriculum gives them opportunities to express themselves individually through a range of media.”

At Studlands Rise, in art and design we want our children to be creative and engaged with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. They should be critical thinkers and develop a deeper understanding of the subject as well as art forms which have changed our history and culture. 



At Studlands Rise, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Studlands encourages creativity from the very beginning of children’s schooling experience. This is done through Expressive Arts and Design in EYFS. The EYFS has a child initiated approach which allows EAD to flourish throughout the different areas in the room.




To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught as a half-termly or termly over a two-year cycle (one year for EYFS) focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum and using the EYFS framework.


In EYFS the children have daily access to a variety of media and materials which they can explore to produce their own creative work. Provision is carefully planned to suit the interests of the children, whilst developing the necessary skills they are working on. Through on-going observations of the children, the adults have an in-depth knowledge about each child’s development. This ensures that the adults facilitating learning know each child’s next steps and can give the children the learning opportunity and experience they need to develop their skills in art. We place high importance on EYFS, as we know this provides the fundamental base for all learning. It is then in KS1 and KS2, where the fundamental skills are developed and we look for any gaps in the children’s skills.

At Studlands Rise, we ensure that art and design is given due importance within a broad and balanced curriculum. The progression document ensures that the curriculum is ambitious and develops children’s cultural capital and the skills/knowledge (within techniques, developing ideas and of artists) are taught progressively from year group to year group. Art and design is taught as part of a half-termly or termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Studlands Rise, we ensure that art and design is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.

The children are taught Art as part of their half termly topic work.  The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning.

The children's learning is further enhanced with whole school art days when the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following learning hooks:


Develop ideas

Master techniques

Take inspiration from the greats


These key concepts or as we like to explain them to children – learning hooks, underpin learning in each milestone. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language.



At Studlands Rise we are Artists.


We have…

  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • A good knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.


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