Art & Design

Our curriculum inspires our artists, through a carefully structured and sequential approach to learning. Learners engage in opportunities to develop their practical knowledge, making it possible for them to visually communicate, create their ideas and demonstrate thought. Our artists experience a breadth of theoretical knowledge, learning from the history of art. Proficiency in drawing, painting and sculpture is developed from the Early Years. Carefully sequenced, well planned, purposeful opportunities allow children to build on prior learning, making connections and refining their skills as artists. This enables our artists to develop from novice to expert, experiencing the magic through the whole story of art.

Intent for our Artists:

We aim for:

Our learners to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, in an environment which fosters individuality and expression.


to explore and develop a range of drawing, sculpting and painting techniques.

to become proficient in using practical components in isolation.

to demonstrate and build upon existing schema, sharing ideas and building connections with subsequent learning. 

to be confident in experimentation and expression of ideas through a given medium.

Our artists to use and understand correct technical vocabulary, enabling them to communicate like an artist.


to understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history

to evaluate…

Stimulate curiosity and experimentation in response to artist studies. 


to think, talk and behave like an artist

to appreciate that art is multi-dimensional

to understand the purposeful and powerful links that art has to the wider curriculum. 

Our Curriculum Offer

We believe that art is not simply a born talent- it is taught, nurtured and refined. 

Our learners will become artists by engaging in an exciting, stimulating and practical curriculum, which develops skills through a whole-school, sequential approach. The structure, coherence and considered planning of our art & design curriculum ensures that artists learn the knowledge and skills to enable them to develop their own unique style as an artist.  

Our broad and balanced curriculum covers practical, theoretical and disciplinary knowledge of art and design. The curriculum encourages learners to focus on and practice practical skills, methods and techniques in isolation. Once skills become secure and internalised, artists can exercise their automaticity, draw on their existing schema and create imaginatively. This structure is essential to ensure that artists are 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.