Art & Design

We follow the National Curriculum which enables our children to:

Build and extend to foster open-ended exploration and breadth of experience. The National Curriculum is a starting point for our Art and Design curriculum.

Art and Design is seen as an integral element of the quality of education at Barlow Hall. We study historical ‘great’ artists balanced with contemporary artists as well as visits to galleries and exhibitions. Our curriculum is supported by our Artist in Residence.

We will ensure that by the end of primary school, our pupils will have had the opportunities to develop key skills, try different materials and explore ideas.

We need to build cultural capital, be exposed to the best. Ensure children are enfranchised for later life. Our children need knowledge in order to be creative.

We use concepts to give meaning to Art and Design:

In all subjects at Barlow Hall we use six Thinking Concepts:

  • Continuity and Change over Time
  • Inter-relationships
  • Perspectives
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Analysing and Interpreting
  • Cause and Effect

Our Art and Design subject concepts are:

  1. Shape
  2. Form
  3. Colour
  4. Pattern
  5. Texture
  6. Line
  7. Space

Our Art and Design subject areas are:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Illustration
  • Craft
  • Textiles
  • Multimedia and digital

Our curriculum is designed so children are taught the knowledge then use their knowledge. We build knowledge from one year to another, moving from a basic understanding to an advanced model where understanding is applied to fluency and then a deep and automatic understanding. In our lessons we build on prior knowledge and link back and forwards to embed our knowledge. We return to key concepts so that are children know more and remember more.