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Art and Design Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

Art and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. At Hillyfield, it is our intention to offer all pupils a high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

As pupils make progress they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of the fundamental attributes of an artist or designer. We encourage high achievement through our provision of quality teaching and learning experiences.

Through exploration our pupils will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation and the impact it has on contemporary life and that of different times.

Hillyfield teachers use a variety of strategies such as regular and consistent feedback, coherently planned and demanding learning experiences and the use of individual sketchbooks to evaluate the knowledge, skills and understanding that our children have gained in art and design during each half-termly unit. As a result, pupils develop detailed knowledge and skills across the art and design curriculum and achieve the best possible outcomes producing work of a high quality. Our pupils are equipped with the essential art and design knowledge and skills needed for the next stage in their education and, where relevant, they gain qualifications that allow them to go on to destinations that meet their interests and aspirations.

Art and Design Events

At the Hillyfield, we maximise children’s art and design learning by providing them with a range of rich and memorable experiences. Reflecting a thematic approach, we offer our pupils an extensive range of planned opportunities, for example, learning from expert artists or designers, participating in bespoke workshops, creating murals or visiting the wealth of galleries London has to offer. Working collaboratively with the local community, pupils gain an insight into joint ventures, working within industry and the local environment. Throughout the year, our team of Artists in residence - alongside classroom teachers - plan and implement a variety of phase and whole school Art and Design events

Art Week

  • During Art Week the whole school switches focus to the creative arts. Children participate in daily art and design projects - with the final outcome being a whole school project.

Dragons Den

  • In Year 6 the students create a business to present to a set of ‘Dragons’. Part of this topic is to design and create packaging, promotion and advertisements for their product or company.

Gallery/Artist Visits

  • In Year 6 the students create a business to present to a set of ‘Dragons’. Part of this topic is to design and create packaging, promotion and advertisements for their product or company.

Art and Design Schemes of Work

At Hillyfield, we don’t follow a specific scheme of work for Art and Design. Our team of Artists in residence tie in art and design with individual year group programmes, current events, community events and any national projects that are taking place through the variety of art establishments we link with. 

Online Resources and Support for Parents

To support children with their art at home - Hillyfield offer a variety of afterschool clubs - this may include online lessons. Additionally, below are some websites you can access to support art and design at home. 



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