Broadmead Lower School

Belonging, Learning, Succeeding

Park Crescent, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK43 9NN

Tel: 01234 768318


Art and Design

Curriculum Intent 

At Broadmead Lower School, we believe that art and design is an integral part of the learning journey. It allows our children freedom to use their imagination and creativity to their full potential whilst also giving them a platform for critical evaluation.

Our curriculum is designed to give children a variety of exciting learning contexts using a range of artistic mediums. Children also learn about the importance and value of art and design in the real world through the study of artists across a wide range of fields including drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. Our curriculum allows children to express their creative individuality and imagination by providing them with opportunities to practise and develop their skills in the key processes of art. We aim to 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.

National Curriculum Aims

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.

Art and Design in Early Years

  • In Early years, Art and Design plays a very important role in children’s development. They are taught to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through the safe use of a variety of materials, and encouraged explore tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Key stage 1

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.

Key stage 2

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.



Children will have the key art and design skills needed to allow them to produce creative pieces of art. Children will become creative learners and become skilled at critically evaluating and improving the pieces they have created. Teachers allow children the freedom to explore art using their imaginations and celebrate their individuality.

School displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork. Our annual ‘Art Week’ celebrates creativity and uniqueness across the whole school and range of abilities. The Art curriculum at Broadmead Lower School contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, celebrating individuality and self-reflection.



Please see a sample of our work below