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Chandler's Ford Infant School

Art, Craft and Design-Subject Leader Mrs Clode

Art, Craft and Design


Approaches to learning: Art, Craft and Design


At Chandlers Ford Infant School we pride ourselves on our creativity and our Art, Craft and Design curriculum has been designed to engage, inspire and challenge all pupils. 

We believe that children have wonderful imaginations and that it is important to allow them to express their ideas and experiences.  We understand that art, craft and design is a unique medium for listening to the voices of children and recognise its benefits towards good mental health. Whenever possible we take our learning outside and use nature as both a resource and inspiration for our work. 


Each unit of work that we deliver has been carefully put together to ensure that its content is relevant and has strong links to topics, so memorable connections are made.  We use a process based approach to our learning journeys where children experiment, invent and design in their own sketch books. We teach and equip them with a range of knowledge and skills that are based on different artistic techniques and our children are then encouraged to apply and use these in their own chosen way. As our pupils progress, they think more critically and develop a deeper understanding of art, craft and design. They also develop knowledge of how art and design both reflect and shape our history. In Year 1 we take the children to Southampton Art Gallery.   
We like to provide lots of opportunities for the children to share and celebrate their thoughts and ideas with peers as this further develops their skills and confidence. Each year we hold a whole school art exhibition where every child has their work exhibited and we are very proud of the creative abilities of our amazing children.


In EYFS and KS1 our children are taught to:

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products 
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination 
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space, 
  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between their different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Each unit develops a progression of skills these are:

  • Generating ideas- Skills of Designing & Developing Ideas 
  • Making- Skills of Making Art, Craft and Design 
  • Evaluating-Skills of Judgement and Evaluation 
  • Knowledge and understanding-Acquiring and applying knowledge to inform progress

Some web sites you might like to use at home:

Why Study Art? | TateShots

We asked leading artists, actors, filmmakers, architects and choreographers why art should be on the curriculum. Watch their responses. Should art be on the ...

What Does Art Mean to You? | Tate Kids

3000 school children were the first public visitors to the new Tate Modern. Find out what they thought of the new building and what art means to them. ---- P...

A research art project with a student from Winchester University on how art lessons positively impact on children's wellbeing

The Golden Thread In Art/Craft and Design

Art and Capital Culture