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Here at Collis we aim to cultivate creative children who are inspired through our delivery of the creative arts.

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

  • Pupils 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, aesthetic and practical decisions. They become actively involved in shaping environments.

  • They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers.

  • They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures. Understanding, appreciating and enjoying the visual arts has the power to enrich our personal and public lives, contributing to the culture, creativity and wealth of a nation.

  • As a school we embrace these ideas by visiting museums, inviting artists and institutions. Some of these visits include cross-curricular activities with the wider curriculum. 


  • When delivering the creative curriculum at Collis there is a real focus on teaching the children new skills and techniques, with a clear progression of skills.   
  • To ensure art lessons provide the children with a real sense of purpose, sessions and activities can often relate directly to the class topic. These cross curricular links help immerse the children in their art sessions and ensure they are memorable and provide multi-cultural education and approach to art.
  • Children always have the opportunity to express their creativity as an individual.



An example of studying and immersing children in multi-cultural art is Black History Week.Throughout the school, our children cover a range of artists and throughout all Key Stages, have the opportunity to research an artist. We aim to keep a balance of not only British artists but also study a variety of artists from around the world. We ensure the children experience a variety of different media to express their creative ideas.


The creative arts have a very high profile at our school. Our children love Art and Design. The last survey overwhelmingly expressed this. Our children are confident with using a range of resources to create artwork and display a sense of pride over their creations.


If you were to walk into an art and design lesson at Collis, you will see:


  • Clear skills being taught as the learning objective
  • Modelling of skills
  • Children using a variety of visual aids/artists work as inspiration
  • A range of high quality materials and resources
  • Children confident express what has gone well in their designs and what can be improved
  • Children reflecting on their own art work and editing where necessary
  • Evaluating and forming opinions about art and the world around them

Examples of portraits across the school