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Art at Aston by Sutton


At Aston by Sutton, we value Art and Design as an important part of children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum provides our children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

Art and Design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality Art and Design curriculum should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our curriculum has appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore, investigate, create and evaluate artwork, as set out in the National Curriculum. Our art curriculum is planned out progressively, which enables pupils to reach and exceed their potential at Aston by Sutton.



Over the year, each year group has opportunities to explore and investigate elements of drawing, painting and 3D mixed media. Through the units of work, children will learn about a diverse range of contemporary, modern and classical artists, their techniques and the impact/influence they have had.

Basic Skills: Cross-curricular links are made to give children opportunities to apply and embed skills from other areas of the curriculum and use their skills in purposeful contexts.

Language: Technical vocabulary is taught, which is essential to acquire a rich knowledge and understanding of Art.

Independent Learners: Children solve problems, take risks, explore and investigate media and materials, think creatively and express themselves.

Collaborative Learning: Children learn to value teamwork as they work together to come up with stronger ideas. They use skills to negotiate, learn how to work with others and respect and value the work and opinion of others.

Capital Culture:  Opportunities are mapped out across the curriculum for pupils to learn about a range of artists and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Enrichment: Visits and visitors are arranged to provide our children with first-hand, purposeful experience to support and develop their learning.



Children at Aston  by Sutton will know more, understand more and remember more about Art and Design. The impact of our Art and Design curriculum will result in our children feeling confident in expressing themselves, through the use of media and materials. They will also know about great artists and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

At Aston by Sutton, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • ‘Pupil Voice’ to find out children’s learning experience.
  • ‘Book look’ staff meetings where staff can share good practice and evidence of Art and Design across the school.
  • Observations of teaching good practice across the school.
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.


Respect – Inspire – Achieve

Through Art all of our learners have the opportunity to reflect our Values of Respect – Inspire – Achieve by

Respect - We respect and celebrate a diverse range of voices and we respect each other’s right to express ourselves.

Inspire - We are inspired by the work of important contemporary, modern and classical artists taking inspiration from their unique ways of seeing the world. We inspire others by sharing our ideas and being confident in expressing ourselves, we take on challenges, ask questions and are positive about our learning.

Achieve - We endeavour to develop our skills and knowledge to give us the confidence to achieve the best we can.

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