Art & Design



At our schools we aim for our children to develop their knowledge and skills to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We enable our learners to think critically in order to understand the varying nature of art and design regardless of ability. Through art, children are given the opportunity to communicate what they see, feel and think using a wide variety of materials and processes and begin to develop a lifelong appreciation of art in life and culture.

Our aim for children leaving our school at the end of Year 6 is for children to:

  • confidently use a range of materials, tools and techniques
  • communicate collaboratively in response to the senses
  • know about great artists and designers and the historical development of their art
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other artistic techniques
  • have visited an art gallery or museum to see art up close
Children study various artists and designers relevant to their learning within class and approach the arts through other curriculum subjects as well as learning the skills needed in painting, sculpture, drawing textile and 3D work.


In the EYFS children are given free opportunities to explore art through the senses both indoors and outdoors. They are taught to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, and become confident in experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function through continuous provision. Art materials are available each day for the children.


Each child in the Federation has a sketchbook in which they are able to explore and practice skills. Children have ownership of these and take full control.  We seek to give permission to each child so that they can feel free to try out new ideas in the way that they wish, and we seek for the children to be inspired by the work of others and to see how sketchbooks are used by artists the world over.

Kate Easter – Art Lead 2022

Our vision for Art

Inclusive Curriculum Art and Design

KS1 Knowledge Organiser – Spring – Pollock

KS1 Knowledge Organiser – Autumn – Seurat

KS1 Knowledge Organiser – Hokusai

Knowledge Organiser – Drawing










Art progression of skill grid