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Why Art?

At Oakwood Primary School, 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, thoughts and ideas.


Art is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others. Each year group plans art lessons, which aim to ensure that children are able to develop key skills using specific media.

We plan and deliver skills focusing on a particular skill or aspect of Art, throughout the school. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within our own lives and are able to reach their full potential.

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 and our world.

Curriculum Overview

Helping at home

Take notice in the art you see in the places around you - art is everywhere, even at bus stops! Visit art galleries, sculpture gardens and exhibitions. Have conversations about similarities and differences, ask "Do you like this piece of art? Why? 


There are so many art and craft resources available, for example: pencils, chalk, paint, plasticine. Make birthday cards, decorate cakes, or even try "painting" with brushes and water on the pavement. Practise artistic skills through photography. Play 'Pictionary.' Enjoy creating!

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