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Reedings Junior School


Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein

The National Curriculum for Art and Design in KS2 aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.

  • create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

  • improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

  • know about great artists, architects and designers in history.


At Reedings Junior School, we value Art, Craft and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that Art Craft and Design provides significant opportunities to develop our children’s ability to explore their own self, their creativity as well as express their interests, thoughts, ideas and emotions

The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Reedings Junior School is based on the National Curriculum and is monitored to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. It is taught by class teachers weekly as a discrete subject but it is often linked to another areas of the curriculum.

Our curriculum allows the children to:

  • develop, refine and subsequently apply their understanding and skills in different contexts through the use of sketchbooks

  • develop their understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form)

  • explore different art forms through drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, collage and digital art *

  • work both individually and collaboratively with others on a variety of scales

  • evaluate their own work, the work of their peers and the work of local, national and international artists both past and present

  • understand how art reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation


The work of local, national and international crafts people, designers, and artists are interwoven through the curriculum and are explored to enhance the children's learning and understanding of art materials, mark making, media and styles. Pupils use sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas, embarking on a sketchbook journey which grows and develops as they move through the school and beyond.

The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. Equally, staff have worked with teachers from Fawbert and Barnard to ensure progression moves across from KS1 and into our curriculum.

Trips and visitors are encouraged to widen the children’s view of the world and perspectives of art. The curriculum also makes links to how art can provide career opportunities in many different fields.

* Textiles is taught within our Design and Technology curriculum


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