Clipstone Brook Lower School

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Brooklands Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 3PG

01525 376085

                                   Clipstone Brook Lower School



At Clipstone Brook Lower School, we value Art and Design with the intention of creating artists. We strive to give children the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others, and to evaluate different creative ideas.Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, collage, printing. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, architects and designers. Children will also develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways.


 Our aim is to ignite this curiosity at an early age in EYFS, through Expressive Art and Design opportunities such as; learning about media and materials, thinking about their uses and purposes, experimenting with using tools and techniques, experimenting with colour design, texture, form and function.

 To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught each term as part of a subject specific unit where links can be made to other subjects although sometimes this will be standalone.Children’s knowledge and skills are built upon over a sequence of lessons which lead to a final piece. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with the National Curriculum to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2 to structure our curriculum map.

When the children leave and embark on their middle school education, our aim is to have developed young artists who have:

  • a developing understanding of the context of the artwork, as well as the artists, architects and designers that they are learning about and being inspired by.
  • a developing knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements.
  • develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, collage and sculpture.

 Most curriculum subjects are taught through a subject- focused approach. Our medium-term plans then identify how teaching will ensure coverage of key knowledge and skills across the curriculum subject areas, including Art. Links to other curriculum areas will be made where appropriate and the opportunities to read, write and use maths skills and knowledge applied.

 Within each Key Stage, references will be made to prior and future learning so that children understand the purpose of each activity. Teachers will have a clear understanding of what has been taught in the previous year/ Key Stage group and the expectations in the next.  Where possible, the children will utilise the local area to meet the desired outcomes.Within the children’s sketchbooks, there will be evidence of supporting children with SEND, and providing challenges which deepen children’s learning.


The children will be able to talk passionately about artists/movements and styles of works of art. The outcomes in children’ sketchbooks, and most importantly through pupil voice, will inform ongoing formative assessment, and will be used as part of subject monitoring, to provide evidence of a broad and balanced art curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. The majority of children will achieve the outcomes identified in the art curriculum as they move progressive in the learning journey across the school.