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Art and Design

At Beacon we believe Art and Design should allow children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Through our curriculum we allow the children to experiment with their ideas, using colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. We also value self-evaluation and encourage the children to be resilient in order to achieve their goals.


“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake


Our Curriculum will:

  • Engage, inspire and challenge the pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
  • Teach the children about the work of artists, crafts people and designers and apply their techniques and styles to their own work.
  • Provide opportunities for studying historical, cultural and religious art.


In Early Years, the children learn Art and Design through the subject Expressive Arts and Design. The children access Art and Design through their play and during adult led activities linked to a range of topics across the year.


In Key Stage 1 and 2

Every child has an Art Sketch book and an Art Folder. This Art Book sketch book provides a record of the child’s learning and progress in art as part of their art portfolio.

The Sketchbook work may lead to a final piece of work or may used as a reference point for future pieces of work. The use of rubbers is discouraged in order to try and make the sketchbook a place where it is okay to make mistakes.

The A3 Art folder is used for any craft work the children create such as collage, painting, chalk work etc… This folder is passed up to the next year group.


The teaching of art and design takes into account the varied abilities, attitudes and individual needs of the children. Some art lessons will be differentiated by outcome not task. However, if a skill or activity is deemed inappropriate for a child or group of children, alternatives will be planned which best suit their needs. Lessons and activities are planned to include all children by using a range of approaches. This includes: questioning, use of equipment, and mixed ability groups to enable children to work with their peers. 


Miss A Walton/ Miss T Sanders

Art and Design Leader



Please use the link below to view the Art and Design Policy:

Special Educational Needs

Please see the document on how Beacon ensure all children, including those with SEND and additional needs provide a curriculum which is tailored to all children.

How we support children with SEN

How we challenge more able pupils

For more information on what your child learns in the weekly/fortnightly Art and Design sessions and Topics, please see the MTP below...

If you want further information about the curriculum content your child is covering please call the school office to arrange an appointment to see the subject leader. 

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