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Art and Design

At Chesterfield we are artists! We want children to have no limits to what their ambitions are: aspiring to be illustrators, creative directors or printmakers. Our art and design curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.

Each child's sketchbook is a very personal collection of the thinking process as well as their final outcomes. In doing this the book itself becomes an art form. It is a place where children can record their ideas, their thinking, their evaluations, their experimentation, as well as their individuality. Due to the nature of the ‘arts’ and its diversity there is no right or wrong way to create a piece of art. Therefore, pupils at Chesterfield can gain confidence and a feeling of achievement from whatever the end result may be.

Our art curriculum showcases artists that will help to empower our children, demonstrating diversity and opportunity for all. Great artists have been chosen to help show the evolution of art and their contributions to the creativity and wealth of our nation. Children will touch on movements such as Impressionism and Pop art and look at art from different cultures such as Islamic and African art. Within their art lessons, children will have the opportunity to critically analyse and reflect upon the artists work, make links between artists and understand the contribution of art to different cultures and periods in history.

Our curriculum drivers of communication, oracy, reading, aspirations and inclusion for all shape every aspect of art and design, are embedded in teaching and learning and develop the child as a whole.