The Springfields Academy

Reach South Academy Trust

Our central mission is for Reach South pupils to aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others place on them.

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Art and Design

"To build safe, independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement"


The art and design projects are well sequenced to provide a coherent subject scheme that develops children’s skills and knowledge of visual elements, art forms, artists and art movements. Projects are placed alongside other subject projects where there are opportunities for making meaningful connections. For example, Beautiful Botanicals has been placed in the same teaching sequence as the science project Plant Nutrition and Reproduction.

In Explorer 1 children gain a foundation knowledge in art and design through exploring different colours, textures and forms and learning that different materials have different properties that can be used for different purposes. Opportunities for Art and Design are woven throughout all projects with opportunities to revisit knowledge such a primary and secondary colours. 

In Explorer 2  each autumn term begins with the colour project Mix It. The teaching of this project enables children to be introduced to and then revisit colour theory and provides plentiful opportunities for children to explore primary and secondary colours. children begin by exploring themes directly related to themselves, such as their facial features, the surrounding natural world and their local community. In the following curriculum cycle the projects expand children’s artistic horizons to study a more comprehensive range of artists, artistic movements and creative techniques.

In Explorer 3  each autumn term begins with the colour project Contrast and Complement. The teaching of this project enables children to build on their previous understanding of colour and further develop their expertise by studying theory. Children expand their experiences to study a broader range of art forms, artists and genres. They also begin to study art from specific and diverse periods of history, including prehistoric pottery and Roman mosaics. Other genres studied build on previous techniques learned in Explorer 2 and include more complex techniques in printmaking, drawing, painting and textiles. In the following curriculum cycle children develop more specialised techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. They explore ways in which ancient cultures have influenced art and crafts by studying, for example, medieval weaving techniques and the religious significance of Islamic art.

In Explorer 4 each autumn term begins with the colour project Tints, Tones and Shades. Teaching these projects enables children to build on their previous understanding of colour theory and develop further expertise with colour by studying tonal variations and more complex colour charts. Children develop and combine more complex artistic techniques in a range of genres, including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Children continue to build on their understanding of other Historical periods and cultures by studying the ancient Chinese art form of taotie and the significance of the Expressionist movement. Children are encouraged to work more independently in projects like Environmental Artists and Distortion and Abstraction. Such projects require them to consider more conceptual representations of personal, environmental, social or political messaging. Children explore diversity in art by studying the projects Inuit and Trailblazers, Barrier Breakers.

Throughout the art and design scheme, there is complete coverage of all national curriculum programmes of study.

Impact of the Creative Arts Curriculum:

The Art and Design curriculum helps Springfields pupils develop the skills for a 'safe, independent life' by providing the opportunity for creativity, to innovate, problem solve and gain confidence. All pupils are encouraged to obtain the Arts Award. Some pupils opt to take GCSE Art.