The Importance of Art and Design

Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.

Pupils learn about and use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.

Through art and design activities, they learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping environments. Students explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, crafts people and designers. They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and different times and cultures.

Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives.


Aims and Objectives

At Goldwyn School the teaching of art and design should help children to develop an interest in and an appreciation of, the creative world:

  • To promote a stimulating environment in which creativity, originality and expressiveness are valued.
  • To offer a wide range of activities that children can respond to by using many senses, techniques and tools.
  • To allow sufficient time for children to explore and develop ideas.
  • To teach practical skills needed to express themselves.
  • To display work in classrooms and communal areas for the enjoyment and appreciation of all.
  • To develop children's aesthetic awareness and enabling them to make informed evaluative responses to their work and that of others.
  • To encourage children to value the contribution made to their world by artists, crafts people and designers from their own, and other cultures.
  • To provide opportunities to visit museums, galleries or other sites of artistic interest to help children develop socially through collaborative working.
  • To make use of new technologies.
  • To teach children to adopt safe practices when working.

To communicate and work with art practitioners.


KS3 Scheme of Work



Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

The Colour Wheel


Perspective and the Landscape

Term 2


Me, Myself, I

Perspective and the Landscape

Term 3



Still Life

Term 4

Stain Glass Windows

Manga - Japanese Art

Still Life

Term 5

Aboriginal Art

Natural Form

Natural Form

Term 6

Native American Art

Natural Form

Natural Form


KS4 Scheme

Year 10

During year 10, students work on their own individual chosen coursework. Titles include: Van Gogh, Cars, Decay, Still Life, Portraits, Sport and Maori Patterns and Art Forms.


Year 11

During term 1, year 11 students work on the theme of Portrait, Distortion and Identity or a continuation from their year 10 coursework. After this students all work to complete preparatory work for their GSCE exam, the theme of which changes yearly.



Examples of children's work are kept and often displayed. Teachers made observation and judgement about children's learning in art and design against their knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject. A written report is given to parents annually.



Goldwyn is committed to high quality art and design resources to encourage high quality work. We also provide a range of specific equipment e.g. batik, marbling inks and are developing a library section about art and artists.

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