Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be


Art & Design


Subject Co-ordinator: Miss E Ford

Art and design is an essential part of the primary curriculum. Art allows the child to develop their imagination and creativity, to make connections through their inventive minds and gives children the skills to record their imagination and ideas.

We aim to foster a love of learning, enabling children to explore their ideas and record their experiences. It provides the opportunity to respond creatively in other areas of the curriculum, making links between different subjects.



As the children progress through school, art experiences are built upon so the children can make decisions about their approach to different challenges. Drawing skills are used to support many other subjects as illustrations etc, and as such are very important aspects of how the children record their knowledge visually, so these skills are valued throughout the curriculum.

Art also encourages expression and visual thinking, which in turn helps children learn other subjects. Children can develop their observational skills through art and design, which helps children become better observers to the world around them.



At Athelstan we believe the Arts enables children to:

  • Stimulate their creativity and imagination through visual, tactile and sensory experiences.
  • Communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of a wide range of media and mediums
  • Have an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts and understand how it can enrich all our lives.
  • Understand and respond how art has affected their world and can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures.
  • See how they can then become involved in shaping their own environments through art and design activities.
  • Learn to how to make informed judgements and make aesthetic and practical decisions.
  • Explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers.