Art and DT

At Bishop Alexander LEAD Academy we focus on teaching art skills so that the children become confident and can then use these skills and apply them to a final piece. We use our own skills ladders to ensure that children have time to build and develop on their skills year on year.

We use sketchbooks throughout school and these enable the children to practise, investigate and show a learning journey, following the children through the school. They become confident at trying new techniques and can comment on which style or technique has been most effective. We encourage the children to be art critics and comment on what they like, don’t like and to be able to justify their opinions. They look at a variety of different artists and how art compares during different periods of time.

We have separated our art skills in to skills specific areas: Drawing, Painting, Printing, Textiles, Collage, 3D Art, ICT, Sculpture and Artists. These are taught as a unit of work.

This year we have an exciting Art Week planned for the week commencing 22nd January 2018. We will be focussing on drawing and illustrations taken from a focus text. We will be inviting artists to come in to school to share their expertise with us. The week will conclude with an amazing exhibition of the children’s art work. 


Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education 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.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.



Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. 


Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.