Art & Design

Every child is an artist.”  Pablo Picasso

“Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.”  National curriculum in England, DFE.

Our art and design curriculum aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art.  We want every pupil to have the opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about a diverse range of artists, designers and cultures.  It should also encourage the development of many transferable skills which enhance learning in other curriculum areas.  We aim to create confident, independent artists who can articulate and value their own creative journeys. 

Our art and design scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National Curriculum end of key stage attainment targets.  Our intent is to provide pupils with the building blocks of what they need to know to have success and to make progress in this subject.  All learners, regardless of age, nationality or background, should have entitlement and access to the art and design curriculum. 


Our scheme of work is guided by the national curriculum primary programmes of study.  The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Curriculum Overview

Art lessons take place over three terms throughout the year, alternating with D&T.  Our art curriculum ensures that pupils achieve the key concepts that underpin learning in each year group.  It provides pupils with the building blocks of what they need to know to have success and to make progress in this subject.  It also uses a balance of the formal elements, a balance of Art, of Craft and of Design.

AutumnSpring Summer
ReceptionDrawing: Marvelous marks Painting & mixed media: Paint my world Craft & design: Let’s get crafty
Year 1Drawing: Make your mark Sculpture and 3D: Paper play Painting & mixed media: Colour splash
Year 2Craft and design: Map it out Painting and mixed media: Life in colour Sculpture and 3D: Clay houses
Year 3Drawing: Growing artistsSculpture and 3D: Abstract shape and spaceCraft and design: Ancient Egyptian scrolls
Year 4Drawing: Power printsPainting and mixed media: Light and darkCraft and design: Fabric of nature
Year 5Sculpture and 3D: Interactive installationDrawing: I need spacePainting and mixed media: Portraits
Year 6Drawing: Make my voice heard Craft and design: Photo opportunitySculpture and 3D: Making memories


  • Art Day/ Week– An annual art day/week will be held to inspire and motivate a love of art and to immerse the pupils in a world of creativity.
  • Art-based educational visits– All year groups are encouraged to either visit a gallery or arrange for gallery experiences/workshops in school.

Progression across the curriculum

Our Art and Design curriculum is progressive in teaching children key skills and knowledge they need to develop as artists. For more information, please see the following link:

Art Progression Document

Useful Websites

Our art and design co-ordinator is Mrs McNab. If you would like more information about our art curriculum, please contact Mrs McNab on