At Charlton Primary School, we aim to ensure that children experience all the strands of art and design, produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences. We will support our students in experiencing a wide range of materials and develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. It is important to us that our students get to know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of these art forms. Art is a vital part of our curriculum as it provides a means of expression for all children, regardless of their competence in verbal and written communication and is a way for all students to explore and experience local culture and history and culture and history from around the world. It is a practical subject which stimulates creativity and imagination through the use of a wide range of materials. Art is very effective as a cross-curricular link, adding to children’s experiences and depth of understanding in other areas of their learning, from creating their own artwork to the experience of museum and gallery trips.