Art and Design


  • To ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work.
  • Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas.
  • Children will 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.
  • Children will develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers.
  • Children will develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways.
  • The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development. This progression grid can support any subject leader or teacher of art to ensure progression of skills and knowledge.


  • Where possible, the content being learnt connects with other areas of the curriculum and fits into the broad termly themes of World, British and Local. However, tenuous links are avoided.
  • Teachers plan with skills progression and knowledge in mind.
  • All learning starts by revisiting prior knowledge to encourage children to make connections.
  • Knowledge Mats provide children with subject-specific vocabulary and key learning, including specific artists. Knowledge Mats are used for pre-teaching, to support home learning and as a part of regular review in lessons. Knowledge Mats for each term can be found on the relevant year group learning page. Click here to see an example.
  • Teacher’s planning follows a progression of skills document that is set out in order to build and develop as children move through the school.
  • As children move further up the school teachers should planning develops children’s techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • Teachers should explain how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art Curriculum Overview

Art Skills Progression


  • Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school.
  • Teachers have higher expectations and more quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways.
  • All 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.