Art and Design

Curriculum - Art and Design

Art and Design at Chestnut Street

Art and Design is taught following the National Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and key Stage 2.

During Key Stage 1 our children develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. They begin to understand colour, shape and space and pattern and texture and use them to represent their ideas and feelings.

During Key Stage 2 our children develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities. These help to build on their skills and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. They increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures. This leads to our children becoming more confident in using visual and tactile elements and materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.


In our Reception class Design and Technology is taught through the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012. In the area of Expressive Arts and Design the children explore a variety of tools and techniques and experiment with colour, design, texture and form. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art, music and dance.