Art and design

At Aycliffe Drive Primary School, we value art, craft and design highly as they allow our pupils to be at their most creative. We also value the opportunities art, craft and design afford for developing the core learning skills of resilience, resourcefulness, reciprocity and reflectiveness.

Purpose of study


In line with the national curriculum, we believe; ‘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 out history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Aycliffe Drive Primary School also aims for pupils to:

  • learn through tactile and sensory experiences
  • learn to use their imagination in designing and producing artwork
  • develop ways of recording observations, including in sketchbooks which they keep throughout the school
  • develop ways of communicating in visual form to express ideas and feelings
  • Learn through cross curricular links
  • Participate in whole school projects such as take one picture