Art and Design

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”

Albert Einstein

‘A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.’ (National Curriculum)

Our art curriculum is designed to allow our children to develop their drawing, painting, sculpture and printing skills and do these with growing confidence, control and thought. We have carefully mapped out the content of our curriculum as well as the skills to ensure that the children develop their skills, knowledge and abilities. Our curriculum was designed so that our children are able to build on prior knowledge and learning.

As well as developing our skills we also learn about the work of great artists, designers and architects. Our curriculum allows us to explore art through history and within other cultures. As part of our art journey we also learn to evaluate our work and the work of others. Some art teaching is discrete whilst other lessons follow the school topic:

  • Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Influencers
  • Treasure


We have designed a progression of skills to allow our pupils to become proficient in:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpting
  • Creating
  • Evaluating and analysing


Our entire curriculum, including Art, promotes opportunities to be Challenged, build Resilience, experience Enrichment and explore the wider World (#CREW).

Stakeholders have identified that our pupils lack confidence and life experiences. To ensure our pupils all reach their full potential, we have designed our art curriculum with a focus on these specific barriers which include:

  • Building confidence, stamina and independence
  • Developing oracy and extending vocabulary
  • Knowledge beyond their immediate locality

Art Progression Map