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Art and Design

artVision for Art

Through art, the vision is to achieve excellence and happiness for all by stimulating creativity, imagination and inventiveness. At Rossett Acre we aim to give children the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences.

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At Rossett Acre, alongside offering our pupils an art curriculum that is broad and rich, we aim to create a learning environment where everyone feels included, valued and encouraged. Our pupils learn about and create art from a diverse range of artists and themes. We study, for example, Henri Matisse who had physical needs, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her story of perseverance and the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama- celebrating similarities and differences in others. We integrate art with unique techniques and styles from other cultures for example through African art. Art displays around school show that we value people from a wide variety of groups and life experiences, with pictures of artists and their work displaying diversity.

We have worked with Henshaw’s College on their ‘Take One Chair’ project.

We upcycled an old chair which was part of an exhibition at the College to celebrate Diversity and Inclusion.

In essence, through art at Rossett Acre, we aim to give positive representation to a diverse population.

Art intent

By the end of Year Six we intend our children to have the skills required to meet the aims of the NC and the EYFS Curriculum. We intend for children to become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting and sculpting. The aim is for children to develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. In addition, children are given the opportunity to develop their artistic interest, curiosity and emotional expression.

Art Implementation

In order to equip children with a deeper understanding of art skills for them to become increasingly confident and enthusiastic artists, each year group builds upon the skills previously taught, often in a cross-curricular manner. Children also have opportunities, in each year group to learn about new art styles and artists. The progression ladder enables the potential to develop children’s artistic technique; including the control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

 Art Impact

Children will be given the skills and knowledge necessary to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design using a range of art and design techniques. Children will also have opportunities to become critical thinkers and to acquire a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

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Through ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ (EAD) children:

Explore and Use Media and Materials - This is about how children experiment with media and materials finding out about their properties and modifying and manipulating them. It includes exploring patterns, movement and different tools and techniques.

Show imagination - This is about children’s explorations into the world of pretense, building on their experiences of the real world and transforming them into something new – through art and other areas.

Art and Design in Key Stage 1

Children are 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.


Art and Design in Key Stage 2

Children are 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.

Children are 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.

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Art Club

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Whole School Projects

Past projects have included holding an Art Exhibition for the community to showcase our fabulous art.

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Sunflowers for Ukraine

We made Sunflower pictures and sold them for charity.

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

We made and displayed our Queen Art. Each class took the Queen from a decade of her life.

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Jubilee Sculptures

The children made flowers out of recycled materials in red, white and blue colours to display outside school.

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Rossett Acre Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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