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Our high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges learners, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create. Children take their experiences of the world and transform them through art, making new connections and relationships. They express their feelings and ideas, both as a means of self-expression and to communicate to others. They have opportunities to record from real life and to use their imaginations.

At Field Lane, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. With practice, children learn that concentration and persistence allow them to develop skills and techniques. Children are encouraged to take risks, experiment and reflect.

Children are encouraged to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of the elements of art and design: line, value, colour, shape, space, form,  and texture.   They are introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by a diverse range of artists both local and world renowned. The artists we have chosen to study reflect different cultures, styles and times. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1.  produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  2.  become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  3.  evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  4.  know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Field Lane J I & N School is broadly based on the National Curriculum, however, it has been enhanced using NSEAD materials ensuring a well structured and sequenced approach to art development.

The children are taught Art as part of their half termly project work in discrete sessions however, during Smart Time, children actively experiment with techniques, processes and materials and processes they have been taught, thus developing their individual approaches to a stimulus. Our purpose is to empower and validate, through creating opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in practical contexts. 

The work of significant local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's understanding of how time and culture influences the art we make. Children develop their own expressions through studying the work of others. Throughout their time at Field Lane, there are many opportunities to work with artists. We are a lead school in the Change Project where artists and engineers join together to inspire works of art through science; we work alongside textile artists in the Kirklees wide Woven Project; we have teamed up with scientist from Leeds University to explore viruses through sculpture and augmented reality; we work closely with Creative Scene, a local art based company.


Information about achievement in art is gathered through:

  • talking to children about the choices they make during the process of making art
  • How children recognise the qualities of line, colour, texture, pattern, shape, space and form
  • assessing their ability and willingness to try new things and improvise
  • assessing the ability to focus on a project and realise a vision
  • highlighting strengths and achievement and any improvements, knowledge and skills that still need to be embedded
  • talking to children about how their work is connected to the work of significant artists
  • Assessing how children record their ideas and experiments in their art journals / sketch books

Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment made in order to report to parents. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.

Art and Design Overview

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