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The subject of Art and Design at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child, equipping our pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in all aspects of life, both inside and outside of the classroom. It takes our children on a journey which provides opportunities for them to develop skills and knowledge - both academic and personal - which will ensure that success is achievable for all, regardless of circumstance.

We value the development of the whole child. Our children are not just learners - they are explorers, investigators, enthusiasts, performers, decision makers, contributors, creators, role models, members of society, and ultimately the future of our community and the world beyond it. 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. Art and Design at Codnor Primary School engages, inspires and challenges pupils, allowing them to explore their own personal creativity and, by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and invent, express it in a personal manner.


We encourage our students to think, act and speak like an artist: 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, within Art and Design pupils are encouraged to take risks, show resilience and face challenges head-on!

It is important for our pupils to value Art and Design and appreciate the transference of these skills, throughout education and in the wider world. 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 NC endpoints, to build cultural capital and, through exposure in Art and Design lessons to multiculturalism and further enrichment activities, enable 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 our in-depth and carefully sequenced lessons, pupils’ artistic skills and concepts are transferable to whichever period of Art and Design is being studied and will equip pupils for both their future learning and future life.

These key Art and Design skills and concepts are:

  • Develop ideas
  • Master techniques
  • Take inspiration from the greats

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



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