We provide comprehensive coverage of the National Curriculum for Art & Design through our Topic based school curriculum. Our lesson Learning Objectives are all linked directly to the requirements of National Curriculum.

Our key aim is to help children to develop their Art & Design skills year-on-year. In order to show clear progression our school curriculum is broken down into common Skill Areas that are shared by all of our Topics. As pupils progress through the school, the lesson Learning Objectives in each of these areas build directly on the skills learned in the previous academic year.

Please see the attached document for full details of how our lessons are linked to the National Curriculum, and how we achieve skill progression in this subject.



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.




Key stage 1


Pupils should be taught: 

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.