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Art and Design




At Burradon Community Primary School we believe that art and design should be enjoyed and valued by all children. Children should be encouraged to take an active part in activities enabling them to foster their creativity and imagination. Children should have a rich source of art and design around them from an early age in school to build their awareness of drawing, colour, texture, form, printing and pattern.




At Burradon Community Primary School we aim 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.


Implementation: Teaching and Learning


At Burradon Community Primary School art and design is taught in all classes from Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 6. The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design.  A variety of teaching methods are used to enable children to experience working as an individual, in groups and as a whole class e.g. demonstrations by the teacher / craftsperson / visiting artist etc., discussion / enquiry / investigation working from a stimulus, or using information and resources e.g. books, photographs, displays, websites and objects.


Pupils engage in practical work exploring materials, ideas and techniques, responding imaginatively to works of art and design through writing, drawing, painting, and using computer programs such as ‘2paint’. Ideas are presented in a variety of ways.


Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding when drawing, printing, using colour, texture, pattern and form in art and design lessons. Teachers ensure children are taught the differences between these techniques, and are taught how to combine them to create mood and effect. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and small group or individual activities. Children are given the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others, listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. 


Children who are more able or gifted and talented in art and design are provided with differentiated work according to their learning needs.  Enrichment activities are provided through after school clubs.


Opportunities for all ages of children to work together on whole school art and design projects are provided through visiting artists and house activities. Parents are also invited into school to work alongside their child / children during art and design workshops. Opportunities to work on art and design projects within the local community are also valued.



We are very proud to have achieved the silver award for Artsmark.

Progression of Skills in Art in Burradon

Look what we have been doing in Art and Design...