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Art & Design


At Quorn Hall School our Art and Design curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.


Children will be empowered to think creatively and critically. They will investigate and evaluate a wide range of creative outcomes from the past and present to develop a rigorous understanding of the many disciplines within art, craft and design and how they shape our past and future. These are provided using carefully planned, individualised projects that are aimed at getting the best possible outcomes from the pupils across the various Key stages.


The Art and Design curriculum is built around essential knowledge, understanding and key skills.  These are broken into year group expectations and show clear continuity and progress. Individual children are differentiated so that each child successfully achieves the tasks set according to their skills and abilities. Art and Design projects are designed to get the best out of the pupils artistic abilities whilst enthusing and motivating them so that they can accomplish and create great works of art which are based on fun practical themes and activities. Pupils can then take these skills and apply them in other areas.

As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:


  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques and forms.

  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

  • Know about great historical and contemporary artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


The impact of our Art and Design curriculum can be seen not only in our children’s sketchbooks but in their 2D and 3D work including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, ceramics as well as through classroom displays that enrich the school environment.

Everything we do is with the child in mind, and strong relationships are built between pupils and staff which create an atmosphere for learning which is conducive to success.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:​

Evidence of the artwork accomplished (including sketchbook work, worksheets and final pieces).

Students complete a self-assessment form regarding their learning development and progress during a project.

Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.

Pupil’s sketchbooks are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for dialogue and feedback between teacher and students regarding their work and how to improve it.

Photographic evidence/images of the student’s practical learning, with added statements/comments from the teacher.

Children in are assessed and their progress is tracked on a termly basis using Schoolpod ‘I Can’ Statements

"It is clear he is progressing well and has excellent relationships in his school."

- Parent

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