GSO Test

GSO Test

GSO Test

Art & Design

Every child is an artist - Pablo Picasso

Children see before they speak, make marks before they write, build before they walk but the children's ability to appreciate and interpret these things is influenced by the quality of their art, craft and design education. 

Children 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.

Key stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Pupils should be taught:

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. 

  • 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)

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay].

  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.