Art & Design

What is the intent of Art & Design in our School? 

At Cranfield Church of England Academy Art and Design is an important part of all children’s entitlement that engages, inspires and challenges pupils whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent, create and evaluate their own and others works of art, craft and design.

How is Art & Design implemented in our school?

Using our Creative Curriculum planning, we are able to provide exciting and varied art and design activities that link with our cross-curricular class projects and teach the skills set out in the Cranfield Curriculum, which ensure progression of skills across all key stages. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. The children are given an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration. Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media and manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension. Because the children will have access to key knowledge, language and meanings, they will be able to apply this to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum. There will be, where applicable, links to develop the children’s learning experiences, which could take the form of a whole school theme or be linked to a wider cross curricular project. In Art, children are reflective and evaluate their own and each other’s work, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving. This is meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection.

Early Years Foundation Stage:

Pupils are encouraged to share their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art, dance and music. They experiment with colour, design and texture by using a variety of tools and materials. Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities.

Key Stage One:

Children will analyse the form, content and process that a variety of different artists use and link this to their own artwork. They will develop their ideas and imagination through drawing, sculpting and painting using a variety of techniques involving colour, pattern, texture, line and shape. Children will record their thoughts and ideas.

Key Stage Two:

Children are encouraged to develop their drawing, painting and sculpting techniques and creativity further through experimentation with a different range of materials (for example charcoal, clay, chalk) Pupils take ownership of their sketchbooks and are encouraged to use them as a space to freely express, create, develop and learn. We will continue to introduce influential Artists and Architects from history through our Creative Curriculum learning. We strive to place an emphasis on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations.


Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using the tracker system. Skills and knowledge are assessed each term against the Cranfield Curriculum objectives and reported in subject leader analysis reports.

Where can I get further information?

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to your child's teacher.

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