Purpose of study
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft 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.
The art curriculum at Bentfield takes account of all abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. Through art and design, the children learn a range of skills, concepts, attitudes, techniques and methods of working. The purpose of art and design education is to give pupils the opportunity to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. Whilst it is essentially a practical subject, art will provide time for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils will acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of others. There is great pleasure to be derived from art and design and, through deeper understanding, pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
The school art and design curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
For further information, including the skills, knowledge and areas of study for KS1 and KS2, please see our school's curriculum overview document below: