Curriculum Art & Design



Art is a diverse range of activities, creations, and expressions that are appealing or attractive to the senses or have some significance to the mind of an individual. As a school for pupils with ‘complex needs’ many of our pupils have low self-esteem and find it difficult to express themselves. The Arts are a valuable means of developing confidence, communication skills and facilitating expression, ideas and feelings. In addition, through purposeful, imaginative and creative activities pupils learn to
take managed risks, trying out new ideas and new ways of working without fear of failure. Art & Design encourages the exploration of design ideas. Pupils can express what they know, understand and can do, through a variety of media and various forms of presentation. Pupils will learn about the place and role of art, craft and design in life today, as well as in different times and cultures.

Ravenshall provides opportunities to be aware of their own and others’ work, describing what they think and feel. At Ravenshall we value the contribution art makes to our quality of life and believe that providing a range of experiences is essential for life beyond school.




All pupils have an entitlement to access the programmes of study described in the National Curriculum at least until the end of Key Stage 4. As outlined, the national curriculum documents
‘teachers should teach the knowledge, skills and understanding in ways that suit their pupils’ abilities’.

This may mean choosing knowledge, skills and understanding from earlier key stages so that individual pupils can make progress and show what they can achieve.


The Aims of Art at Ravenshall

Art education aims to:

  • Develop safe ways of working through exploring a range of materials and equipment
  • Stimulate creativity and imagination, personal expression and reflection and an enjoyment of art in many contexts
  • Provide pupils with skills, concepts and knowledge necessary to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual, tactical and sensory form.
  • Develop, through art, craft and design activities, the ability to solve problems and communicate what they see, feel and think using colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials, processes and techniques.
  • Develop an appreciation of and a concern for the natural and manufactured environment,
  • learning about the roles and functions of art exploring the impact it has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures.
  • Develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and to improve the ability to control materials, tools and techniques.
  • Foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
  • Develop the ability to make informed critical responses to their own work and that of others, celebrating achievements and embracing new challenges.
  • Generate independent, self-confident and motivated learners.

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