Purpose of Study/Rationale

Art, craft and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. High quality Art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our bespoke Art and Craft curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, enabling children to strengthen both critical thinking and problem solving skills.  The process of creating art gives children choices and urges them to make decisions – a crucial skill that translates into all other aspects of life.


Art is a language that allows children to express and develop their ideas and emotions; artistic activities are full of processes that help children to grow and stimulate their creativity while nurturing the soul.


Art stimulates both sides of the brain increasing the capacity of memory, attention and concentration. It introduces children to new vocabulary and concepts and generates memories and images which enriches their intellect and imagination. Children also improve and acquire social skills, their self-esteem is promoted and Art gives children a way to express themselves and their ideas. Through Art children will build a progressive skill set enabling them to be persistent and consistent.

Our Art and Craft curriculum is divided into three main strands:

  • 2D – Drawing and Painting
  • 3D – Developing a Perception of Depth
  • Print and Mixed Media

(Textiles is also covered within the D&T curriculum)

Throughout the children’s Art education at Crossacres their skills through each strand are progressive and build upon prior learning, showing a clear development and comprehensive knowledge so developing mastery. Mastery enables children to spend greater time going into depth about Art as opposed to racing through the things that all children ‘should’ know.

Our curriculum planning for every unit of work follows a seven session structured plan;

Session 1-Exploring and evaluating

Session 2 3 & 4-Gathering Ideas/learning skills

Session 5 & 6-Create

Session 7-Evaluation


Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviour and skills that children can draw upon which demonstrates their cultural awareness knowledge and competence. It is a key ingredient that children will use in later life to be successful in society, their future careers and the world of work.

Throughout the study of our Art and Craft curriculum children will learn and understand the contribution that both artists and art have made to society and culture. Through our careful choice of artists study we will prepare the children to look within themselves and ask thoughtful questions, create enquiring minds and give them real choices to respond to their own feelings, ideas and interests. It will enable children to self-discover and learn as they have control over their subject matter, medium and approach. Ultimately, we have created a choice based curriculum which encourages freedom, risk taking, critical thinking and mastery.

We have chosen a wealth of great Artists and Craftspeople both past and present, male and female, local and worldwide so that the children are learning about a wide range and variety of not only artists but their multiple approaches and styles. They will begin to understand the History of Art and respond with individual interpretation and critical judgement.



National Curriculum Aims


The national curriculum for Art, Craft and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.