The art curriculum is based on a two year rolling programme and linked to the other areas of the curriculum wherever possible.

Art and design offers opportunities to:
• stimulate children's creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world;
• develop children's understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings;
• explore with children ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, and help them learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures;
• help children to learn how to make thoughtful judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions and become actively involved in shaping environments.

Key stage 1
During key stage 1, art and design is about developing children's creativity and imagination through providing art, craft and design activities that relate to children's own identity and experiences, the natural and made objects and materials with which they are familiar and the locality in which they live.

Key stage 2
During key stage 2, art and design is about developing children's creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes through providing more complex activities. Children's experiences help them to develop their understanding of the diverse roles and functions of art and design in the locality and in the wider world.

Wherever possible we invite artists to come in and work with groups of children on a variety of projects.