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Emmanuel Holcombe Art and Design vision




At Emmanuel Holcombe we understand the importance of Art and Design. It enables children to express themselves in a creative, imaginative manner and through exploration. We intend to teach the children a skills-based curriculum, with individuality and creativeness flowing through everything they do. 





The Emmanuel Holcombe curriculum is shaped by the school vision to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs to flourish and live life to the full. Our Art and Design curriculum has been designed in line with the National Curriculum (2014), to produce clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures the following: 

  • Throughout the Foundation Stage, art is a given a high focus, particularly through the use of continuous provision and carefully planned activities that follow the children’s interests.  

  • Throughout all key stages children use a wide range of methods, medias and materials, as well as studying a range of artists.  

  • The Emmanuel Holcombe Art and Design curriculum is detailed and progressive. 

  • Throughout the juniors, the children build on their artistic experiences and foundations.  They are encouraged to include emotion and mood in their art work, develop their own artistic styles and use visual language (a directory of visual language can be found at the end of this document.) 



Our children will be become creative learners, who have a web of knowledge about the great artists of the world. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations. Children will have embedded the key art and design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art.

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