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Art and Design



Art and Design Curriculum

At Smallwood School, we recognise the importance of art in the children’s balanced curriculum and believe that art is integral to a child’s development.

Lessons are accessible for all and inspire children to develop their creative understanding. They also allow children to express themselves in their own way, make mistakes without judgement, and promote their creativity.

Our Art and Design curriculum is designed to excited and engage all children and supports them in developing their skills in:

  • Drawing
  • Colour/Painting
  • Sculpture/3D
  • Collage
  • Textiles
  • Printing

These are explored through a half-termly project approach, with links to history and geography and with an artist/artwork focus for each project (where appropriate).

We also believe that art does not stop in the classroom and that children’s creativity should be encouraged on a wider basis.  We regularly work  with local arts organisations, such as the Work and Play Scrapstore and Oily Cart, and produced large scale projects.

"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."

National Curriculum 2014