Art and Design

Art and Design

At Tree Tops the Arts curriculum is developing fast. We are working to enable the Arts to have an extremely high profile, and are ambition is to achieve the recognition of an Artsmark Award.

We believe that when the children are taught to communicate their feelings and demonstrate skill and knowledge through experiencing and responding to a wide variety of media and cultural experiences; children feel success and happiness, which has a positive effect in all aspects of school life.

The aims of art and design are:

  • to enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
  • to develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities;
  • to improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
  • to increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures;
  • to develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;
  • to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists and designers.

They are given opportunities to explore textures in natural and man-made form and are encouraged to review their own and others’ work. In order to do this effectively, we reach out to the local community and link with artists and craft people to inspire the children’s motivation for art and design both in school, and by visiting exhibitions.


Drama enables pupils to develop their understanding of the world. They have opportunities to engage in a range of creative and imaginative role play situations, on their own and with others. Through dramatic activities, pupils can explore a range of cultural and human issues, share ideas and learn to respond to one another and to the adults supporting them in role. We teach the children how to respond to characters in stories using ‘Re-enacting’, ‘Hot Seating’ and ‘Freeze Framing.’

This helps children develop dramatic skills and helps them make meaning of texts, music and cultural events and stories. Acting, dance movement, improvisation and mime are taught through the school.

Expressive arts and design involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

Pupils gradually build a repertoire of songs as part of their daily routine, for example They will also sing songs as a fun way of learning, for example, phonic jingles, counting and rhyming songs.  They will celebrate festivals by learning songs as a year group at times such as Harvest and Christmas. Pupils are shown how to use a range of simple instruments to accompany music and singing and encouraged to explore their different sounds.  During P.E. lessons they will explore dances linked to topics and in class we will encourage children to make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.

In class, pupils have opportunities to use a range of simple tools and techniques and we will be helping them to use them safely and independently.  They will have access to a wide variety of creative resources, such as, paint, crayons, chalks, pastels etc. as well materials for junk modelling, collage, play dough modelling, paper and fabric art.  They are encouraged to explore the materials, experiment with textures and combine different media to create new and original effects!  The processes will be more important than the finished product.

Being Imaginative

Children will be encouraged to use materials and media in original ways, thinking about how they might use the materials and put them to a purpose.  In their art and model making they may create simple representations of events, people and objects for example making a 3D habitat representation for a jungle or a junk model bridge for The Billy Goats Gruff.