Art and Design

At Bean Primary School, art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Through art and design activities, they learn to make informed, valued judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping environments in and around the school grounds. They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures. Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives.

In the Foundation Stage, children will have opportunities to use a variety of materials to design. At both Key Stage 1 and 2, children will look at famous artists, experience working individually, and collaborate with others on both small and large scale projects. Children will also experience art in two and three dimensions and explore a range of starting points for their practical work. When moving into Key Stage 2, the children will also consider the impact of the media and art forms that include the use of ICT. Our aim is for these skills to be experienced, extended and developed as the children progress through the school.


Often topics and key skills of a range of subjects are linked and taught in a cross-curricular nature.