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Art and Design



“Studying cultural education subjects, such as art and design, dance, drama and music, sparks creativity across the curriculum, encouraging young people to be inquisitive, disciplined and determined. Wherever children start in life, a high quality cultural education in every school should be a right, not a privilege.

Alongside literacy and numeracy, another skill needed in our workforce today is creativity. Cultural education subjects help young people to unlock their innate creativity, enabling them to become more rounded and confident human beings.”

Darren Henley OBE Chief Executive, Arts Council England


Art and design is essentially a means of communication and plays an important part in children’s creative and sensory development. It is the expression and appreciation of ideas, thoughts and feelings through a variety of two and three-dimensional media. It allows children to make thoughtful judgements about life and helps them to shape the environment and also to understand how art and design has both reflected and shaped the history of our nation and develops children’s perceptions and perspectives on other cultures.


The staff at BMJS recognise that children need to develop certain skills, understanding and appreciation of the visual world. We aim to develop skills in the following areas:

  • Develop and stimulate children’s imagination and creativity by providing a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences.
  • Develop children’s aesthetic sensibilities and enable them to make informed judgements about art.
  • Develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture and pattern. Provide particular activities that give children the ability and skills to realise their ideas in drawing, painting, sculpture and other craft techniques.
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their artwork.
  • Develop skills in observation and analysis and critical responses to their own work and those of others.

Teaching and Learning

National Curriculum Subject content: 

At Key stage 2:

Pupils should be taught to 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. 

Pupils should be taught: 

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas 
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay] about great artists, architects and designers in history


Art and Design is taught in a cross-curricular way through engaging topics linked to History, Geography and Design and Technology.