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.


A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge children, ensuring they have the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As children progress, they should be able to think analytically and develop a coherent understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and have helped to shape our history.



The following aims are at the heart of our art planning:

  • To develop the qualities of resilience, independence, risk-taking, concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity;
  • To develop their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, textiles and printing;
  • To improve their ability to control art utensils, materials, tools and techniques safely and with ever-increasing skill;
  • To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the arts and develop a knowledge of the work of other artists and designers;
  • To use sketchbooks to journal their learning in art and design by recording, planning and developing ideas.



  • Progress in art is evident in sketchbooks;
  • Art opportunities are carefully planned and link to the termly topic or big idea;
  • Effective modelling of skills allows children to create high quality pieces of work;
  • Displays celebrate the outcomes children have produced and help create a vibrancy across the school;
  • Progression of skills documents ensure skills are being built upon and not re-taught;
  • The work of other artists is used to inspire children and promote the skills being taught.