We aim to stimulate creativity and imagination through Art and Design, by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences. We believe that children can communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, pattern, texture, form and different materials and processes. Creative opportunities through class topics, which are based on The National Curriculum, can certainly provide important links, continuity and an interest in the world around us and, we also believe that, through studying a wide range of artists, designers and craft makers, the children not only gain knowledge and understanding, but are able to explore a wide range of styles which can inform and develop their own artwork.  In addition, by providing them with a progression of skills and techniques, they become more confident in their artistic abilities and are willing to explore and achieve their full potential.

EYFS Expectations

Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and Using Media and Materials)

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Expressive Arts and Design (Being Imaginative)

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


Key Stage 1 National Curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products;

  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination;

  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space;

  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Key Stage 2 National Curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design;

  • to create sketch books to record  their  observations  and  use  them  to  review, revisit and develop ideas;

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay];

  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.



Our Art curriculum intends to

-  ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work.

- give children the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring and evaluating the work of others.

- help children become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft  skills,e.g. collage, printing, weaving and patterns.

- ensure children will develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers.

- develop their interest and ability in art and design through a progression of skills which they will build up as they go through school.

- inspire curiosity and offer children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways, which will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.


Topic Based Curriculum

Our Curriculum is topic based and many tasks/learning experiences are linked to these topics to ensure continuity, interest in the subject as well as acquiring new knowledge.

Progression of Skills

Specific lessons will be taught to develop their techniques and ensure progression of skills, including their control and use of a variety of materials.

History and Culture

Children should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Through a wide range of resources, children will also be encouraged to explore their creativity, experiment with different materials and become increasingly aware of different kinds of art, craft and design.

High Quality Resources

Children will be given access to a variety of good quality materials and tools to aid development and ability to produce an excellent standard of work. They will use also learn to re-use and recycle materials, not only to inspire creativity but to help them gain an understanding of the world around them.

Outdoor Learning

Our school grounds are an excellent resource and stimulus for the children and should be used as much as possible to enhance learning.

Educational Visits

Where possible, Educational visits will be used to develop the children’s exploration, skills and progression and also put their learning into context.

Key Knowledge and Vocabulary

Key Knowledge and Vocabulary is an essential part of Art and Design and the children will be given chance to reflect upon what they have previously learnt, before moving forward to learn new and wide-ranging skills and techniques.​


Continuous training, both in the form of Artists coming into school and teachers attending courses, will ensure that skill and knowledge are developed to be able to teach the subject with confidence and accuracy.


Art and Design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school. Teachers have high expectations and more quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways. Children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified. Children improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world. Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.