10 March 2023

Art and Design

Art and Design is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others.

The importance of Art and Design at Mithian is evident through our wider school. Some years we have an Art Week, in which we plan and deliver skills focusing on a particular skills or aspect of Art and Design, throughout the school.

Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art and design within our own lives and are able to reach their full potential emerging from Mithian as lifelong learners with a love and understanding of art and design.

Sequence of Learning at Mithian

Year B Autumn 1


Year B Autumn 1


Year B Autumn 1


How the Kapow Curriculum is used at Mithian School

The teaching of Art and Design at Mithian is through Kapow. Kapow offers teachers CPD opportunities upskilling and enhancing their own subject knowledge and skills which they are then confidently able to impart on pupils at Mithian.
We follow a 2 year rolling programme to ensure coverage and development of all skills. Year A focusses on Y1,3 and 5 skills. Year B focusses on Y2,4 and 6 skills.

How can you encourage Art and Design at home?


Get messy!

Try to get hold of as many different types of drawing and painting resources as you can to let your child get creative and explore creating art using different materials. Paints, chalk, crayons, pens, pencils, modelling clay and much more can be found in discount shops.

Use household objects creatively

Alternatively, instead of buying materials, let them get creative using things around the house – for example, pasta and pulses to create pictures using glue.

Keep a sketch book

Encourage your child to keep a sketch book. Suggest that they take it with them when they go out so that they can look for things to sketch – a tree, a building, a scene. Alternatively, if they see something they would like to draw, take a photo on your phone and let them sketch from it when they are home.

Celebrate your child's art

Praise your child’s creations and encourage them not to get disheartened if they feel they have made ‘mistakes’. Explain that art is about being creative and trying out different things. There is no right or wrong way to do things. You could even ‘frame’ their work using coloured paper or card and create a little gallery on the kitchen wall or in their bedroom to display their work.

Discuss and enjoy art together

Find out about local art galleries or museums that you can visit with your child. Encourage them to talk about what they see and to share their opinions – about subject matter, colours, what materials the artist used, and so on.

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