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Art and Design

At Overfields Primary School everyone is an Artist!

A walk through our classrooms and corridors show an atmosphere of creativity is embedded throughout our school.

Our Art curriculum focuses on drawing, painting, sculpture,printing, textiles and collage. All aspects of these strands are evident as soon as you enter our school as you are greeted with our creative displays.

Year 6 artwork on Poppies

At Overfields we inspire our children to be creative, curious and to learn about their local heritage. We invite artists into school to run workshops with our children. We regularly use a wide range of artists to generate the pupil’s own creative ideas and to enhance learning.

To see the way that teaching and learning in Art & Design supports our school’s wider curriculum vision, click below:

Teaching & Learning in Art & Design

In nursery and Reception, our younger children move through sequences of activities and experiences that develop their early creative skills in the key areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Art has an important role to play in the EYFS curriculum, and is evident in the different areas of both the Reception and Nursery classrooms.  The creation station, craft tables and painting areas provide opportunities for children to begin to develop the skills, knowledge and vocabulary they will use in art lessons throughout their primary phase.  The areas provide focused and open-ended activities that provide opportunities for younger children to shine in art.

In the new statutory framework for EYFS, the Early Learning Goal of Physical Development refers to fine motor skills – using pencils, small tools, scissors and paintbrushes and beginning to show accuracy and care when drawing.  The expressive arts and design goal refers to creating with materials, experimenting with colour, texture, form and function.  Children are also encouraged to share their creations and explain the process they have used.

To find out more information about how Art & Design is taught to our youngest pupils, please visit the EYFS section of our website here:

In key stages 1 and 2 children progress to using sketchbooks to map their own creative journey, working at a greater depth and making strong links to other areas.

You can view an overview of our Art & Design curriculum and more detailed Long Term Planning by clicking below:

The Creative Star

The Creative Star is an approach that offers a lens through which to study art and artists and relate the work undertaken to personal development skills. We have adopted the Creative Star as a basis for learning about art and artists and also as a tool to evaluate and assess our own work. The Creative Star has 5 points, each relating to a personal development skill – being inquisitive, being persistent, being disciplined, being imaginative and being collaboarative. You can watch a short video about the Creative Star below and view an example of how it is used to support children’s learning.

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