Art and Design

Art and Design and Moorlands.

Art and design remains a firm favourite for many children. Children at Moorlands are given opportunities to

explore their ideas by experimenting, inventing and creating their own varied works of art using a range of materials. They will learn how to draw, paint, sculpt and explore other art, craft and design techniques.

Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning about how art has shaped our history and how it reflects it; we ensure that we cover a wide breadth and depth of artists both current and historical. At Moorlands we strive to cover a rich, inclusive variety of all types and forms of art.

We begin most of our art journeys through the use of sketch books. There are 2 main things we teach the children about a sketch book:

· Draw What You See—Not What You Know

· Perfection Is Not a Good Thing

The sketchbook can provide a record of the children’s learning and progress in art at school. The sketchbook is much more than a book with blank paper in to draw on. The sketchbook can be used to develop all the strands of the National Curriculum expectations for Art. By using our sketchbooks, we aim to provide a record of the learning in art and to make our children more independent and confident artists.


Art and design in the National Curriculum in England Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Giving children opportunities to be imaginative, explore different materials and develop their ideas is an important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, mainly within the ‘expressive art and design’ area of learning. Children are encouraged to practise their handling, moving and control skills (for example, by painting or using clay). Materials should be accessible for children to develop and explore their ideas and to be imaginative. Key stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) The content of art and design teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Pupils should be given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. Key stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) The content of the art and design curriculum in Key Stage 2 builds on what children have learned in Key Stage 1. Children should develop and improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of different materials. They are expected to create sketch books to record their learning and to use them to review and revisit ideas. They continue to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

The Art Room At Moorlands, we are very fortunate to have our own art room. The art room is used regularly for the majority of art lessons; it offers space, access to materials and tools, storage and display it allows classes to create large scale projects. By having this room, it allows children to become fully immersed in their art and learning. Most importantly, the children do not need to worry about the amount of mess they make in this room!