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Peak Dale Primary School

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National Curriculum aims and purpose


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.  



  • produce creative work, exploring ideas and recording 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 & cultural development of their forms 


School curriculum aims 


Art stimulates imagination and creativity. Art enables us to communicate what we see, think and feel in ways that words alone simply are not capable of. Art provides us with both a universal language of colour, texture, form and pattern, and with limitless opportunities to combine these in new ways.  


As a result of all this, we believe that it is vital for all children to experience and engage with a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences - and, as we also know that many of our children do not have access to this outside of school, it is essential that we provide them with a rich diet of art throughout their Dove Holes journey. This, in turn, equips our children with both key artistic skills and an enjoyment of the subject that will help them to become expressive, open, curious and independent adults. 


Our Art and Design curriculum identifies six core strands, which are each returned to, revised and built upon each year. Central to these is the ability to explore and develop ideas - including questioning and observation of the world around us, the use of discussion and analysis to foster creativity and the study of the role of artists, architects and designers. Alongside this, we have also identified two artists to study in each year group. The work of these great painters, sculptors and designers is used to stimulate discussion and an appreciation of their work, as well as inspiring artwork of our own. Their lives and work also provide a platform on which to develop the use of the language and vocabulary of art.