Art & Design

The National Curriculum Art and Design Technology

External Link Icon The National Curriculum KS1 and KS2 Art and Design Technology Programme


Art  and Design at St Mary’s is provided using a whole school approach and the structure of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Within this structure, pupils are provided with the opportunities for visual, tactile and sensory experiences and away of understanding responding to the world around them. Our pupils will use colour, form, texture, pattern and a wide variety of different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. The ability and contributions of all pupils are highly encouraged and valued.


  • To provide a rich environment which will arouse curiosity and heighten pupils’ visual and tactile awareness and stimulate creative activity.
  • To allow opportunities for first-hand experience and direct observations, encouraging pupils to make a personal response using an increasing vocabulary of symbols and media.
  • To provide pupils with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas, feelings and experiences in a visual and tactile form.
  • To encourage the development of imagination, original thought and personal expression.
  • To enable pupils to become visually literate by understanding Art as a visual and tactile form of communication and develop their ability to appreciate and evaluate images and artefacts.
  • To develop pupils’ aesthetic awareness and enable them to make informal critical responses about their work and that of others;
  • To encourage pupils to value the contribution made to their world by artists, craft workers and designers from many different cultures;
  • To help pupils develop socially through collaborative work;
  • To provide equal opportunity for all pupils to reach their full potential, regardless of their race, gender, cultural background, or ability.
  • To make cross-curricular links in as many ways as possible
  • To celebrate the children’s art work by displaying in an attractive way throughout the school.


Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. We use sketch books for Art from Year 3 yo 6 which each child takes trhoguh school with them as a record of progression.

The art and design curriculum at St Mary’s Primary School outlines the knowledhe and skills taught in each  Key Stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using Curriculum overviews and progression documents, to ensure skills and knowledge are taught in a progressive flow from year group to year group. Staff draw from a wide variety of artists, including those form diverse cultures, genders and historic eras. We inspire the children by carefully choosing distinctive styles of art to study through each unit and be creative with how the core skills can be implemented.


Art is planned for on a long term, medium term and short term basis. School has a scheme of work for Art which is based on Dianne Williams’ Step by Step Art. This scheme is used to support the planning of Art in conjunction with the specific Art objectives that St Mary’s use to assess attainment and achievement for each year group.

Staff plan in a cross-curricular manner following the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum Programme of Study, Focus targets and the topics that they cover termly in class or other subjects that may be being taught separately at the time, e.g. RE/English. Art is generally timetabled on a weekly basis, for approximately 1-2 hours.


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the concepts, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. When reaching the end of the National Curriculum Programme of Study pupils will be able to:

  • 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.

Cross Curricular

Fostering enjoyment and appreciation of the arts and developing a knowledge of significant artists, craftspeople, and designers is a key focus when planning our curriculum, increasing critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in contrasting times and cultures is a fundamental skill that we wish to instil through every year group. Our intention is that all children should know how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the cultural creativity and wealth of our nation.


Art resources are kept in the staff workroom and in the areas outside classes 1, 4 and 5.  Classes have their own specific resources and equipment which may be kept in classes that are studying that particular area. An audit of the art resources is conducted annually by the Art Subject Leader who consults staff before ordering new equipment and resources.


Displays are used as a celebration of the children’s work and may include photos. Sometimes displays will be used as a working knowledge wall.


What’s the impact as a result of learning this subject?

Detailed sketchbooks evidence experimentation, research, critical thinking and analysis skills that build through each year of a pupil’s life here at St Mary’s. They provide records of skill-based learning, evaluation skills and pupil voice through their own comments and ideas. Every sketchbook is individual to that child, showing growing progression and evidence of a sense of personal style, taste and confidence that can be seen to grow with each unit covered.

Pupils at Key Stage 1 will be able to:

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Be able to use a wider range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • Know the work of a range of srtists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work
  • Pupils at Key Stage 2 will be able to:

  • Have developed their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness fo different kinds of art craft and design
  • Use a sketch book to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Develop mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
  • Talk about great artists, architects and designers in history
  • Displays of children’s work around school, show unmistakable evidence of clear progression of skills, knowledge and confidence in art and design. Children in our school express themselves creatively and enjoy sharing their work with pride

Pupil Voice

Through discussions and feedback, children talk enthusiastically about their art lessons and show genuine curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the areas they explored.

Art and DesignTechology Resources

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