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Art and Design is a way of exploring the natural and man-made world using both observation and imagination. Through the development of many different skills, we attempt to acquire both the knowledge of artist’s work and the desire to create our own. Art and Design contributes to the development of the whole child emotionally, aesthetically, spiritually, intellectually and socially. They create in the child a sense of enjoyment and a sense of purpose and art and design provides children with a unique way of perceiving themselves and the world around them. Art and Design helps to enrich our lives at Hade Edge School. 


Hade Edge School fully supports the National Curriculum by providing opportunities for its pupils to:

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

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

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

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

We aim for the children to develop their cooperation skills by working together on projects and encouraging one another during the processes of creating as a group. Children will develop a respect for the work of others and of themselves through talking critically and honestly about what they like or dislike about theirs and others creations and how they can be improved or developed further.  They will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own creations and work hard to improve their ability as an artist, so that they make good progress as they work through school.


Art & Design in Early Years

Creating with Materials ELG Children at the expected level of development will:

- Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form, and function;

- Share their creations, explaining the process they have used;

- Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.

Fine Motor Skills ELG Children at the expected level of development will:

- Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases;

- Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery;

- Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.