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A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge all pupils. The art curriculum in KS2 allows children to experiment with a wide variety of resources in order to invent and create their own individual works of art.

The progression of skills taught across the key stage varies from drawing with a wide range of implements such as charcoal, pencil, crayon, chalk, pens and pencils ect. Children are encouraged to form different shapes, tones and textures. Children are exploring digital media, painting, 3D and collages.

Children in KS2 are able to compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own work and others’ work and say what they think and feel about them.

It is important for children to understand how art has shaped our history and contributed to cultures around the world.


Curriculum Overview – EYFS

Expressive art and design in one of the four specific areas of learning within the foundation stage. Expressive Arts and Design involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Expressive art and design is split into two different aspects; exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative. Exploring and using media and materials is how children experiment with media and materials finding out about their properties and modifying and manipulating them. It includes exploring sounds, patterns, colour and uses for different tools and techniques. Being imaginative is about children’s explorations into the world of pretence, building on their experiences of the real world and transforming them into something new – whether through role play, music, pretend play, block play or small world play or a range of other areas.

Within the foundation stage classrooms children will be able to access a wide range of different resources to support and encourage exploration of different materials. They will be encouraged to use props they make in role play situations and use their imagination to cooperatively play as part of a group of children acting out a narrative. Children will be encouraged to capture experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words.


Curriculum Overview – Key Stage 1

We aim to develop and encourage children’s natural creativity so that they can become confident and enthusiastic artists. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to enjoy, discuss and respond to a variety of art, craft and design forms.

Art and Design is the means by which we can develop our children’s creativity and imagination through visual, tactile and sensory experiences.  It is a unique way of responding to the world through communication of ideas, feelings and meanings. Through the use of Art and Design children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers.


Through Art and Design all children have the opportunity to explore, express, respond and communicate according to individual ability and preference.  Imaginative, practical, manipulative and social skills are all required during the teaching of each Art and Design.


In 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.