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Art and Design

As evidenced by the wonderful displays, both in the classrooms and around the school, children at Great Coates are given regular opportunities to refine their art skills and show off their amazing results!

Here at Great Coates, we believe that Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world.

At Great Coates, teachers plan Art lessons to ensure that throughout the Key Stages, children are taught through a range of different media and given the chance to explore several famous artists whilst meeting the expectations of the National Curriculum. Alongside this, topic work, seasonal celebrations and events also provide opportunities for art work. For example, Remembrance Day, Diwali and Christmas are taught throughout the school and usually include an art element.

Below shows the aims and expectations for children, as stated by the National Curriculum.



Foundation Stage:

Expressive Arts and Design:

  • They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


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


  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.



  • Create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint and clay).
  • Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.