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Art and Design

The subject of Art and Design at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child. In Art and Design, we celebrate all forms of creativity and provide opportunities for these to shine through! We allow children to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others.


We encourage our pupils to be confident in their use of range of materials, to express their ideas using artistic vocabulary, to take inspiration for their own work through exploration of artists and pieces of art, and to reflect, evaluate and improve. As with all areas of our curriculum, pupils are encouraged to take risks, show resilience and face challenges head-on! Pupils are confident in expressing skills acquired in Art and Design through cross-curricular topics, enabling them to reflect on, explore and represent topics in greater depth.

Our carefully structured Art and Design curriculum provides opportunities additional to the National Curriculum endpoints, to build cultural capital and (through exposure to multiculturalism and further enrichment activities) help pupils to become well-rounded members of society in preparation for later life.



  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations,
  • convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.


Through sequences of lessons and topics, pupils' artistic skills and concepts are built, reinforced, and transferred into other contexts, allowing children to deepen their understanding and remember what they learn.

Our pupils leave Codnor Primary School with the knowledge to think, act, and and speak like an artist, and they value the transference of these skills into their everyday life, in education and beyond.