Art and Design CURRICULUM

Our Aims and Objectives Policy Statement

At West Hampstead we believe that Art and Design plays a huge role in our pupils' development, it therefore forms an integral part of our Curriculum.

Our Intent

Art, Craft and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We regard art as an important subject because artistic creation can provide fulfilment throughout life. Through artistic observation children can heighten their perceptions of the world around them and art can contribute to cultural understanding. "Art and Design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise: with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality." (Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate)

Our Aims and Objectives

Art and Design teaching offers opportunities to:

  • find enjoyment in art and creativity.
  • hold a positive self-image and confidence.
  • discover a sense of purpose and fulfilment in artistic expression.
  • appreciate a wide range of artists and artworks.
  • experiment with a range of media.
  • use a range of materials and techniques competently.
  • develop their observation and description skills.
  • express ideas and feelings through creative work and in both two and three dimensions.
  • value and respect their work and the work of others.
  • discuss their work using appropriate vocabulary.

Our Implementation

The teaching and learning of Art and Design in our school should be engaging, inspiring and challenging. Through their learning, pupils should become equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

The aims of art teaching at WHPS will be achieved through implementing an art and design scheme of work that links into other subjects. At WHPS, we link the art syllabus to other curriculum areas, largely humanities and science.


Legislation and Guidance

This policy reflects the requirements of the National Curriculum programmes of study, which all maintained schools in England must teach.