Art and Design

Art and Design Subject Leader: Miss E Carter


The Art curriculum at Shorne Primary School provides all children with the skills, concepts and knowledge to be successful in drawing, painting, sculpture and design techniques. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and processes. Artwork is purposeful, either as a means of expression or to explore the diverse styles of other artists and art periods. Outcomes are celebrated for the unique thought and process that underpins it and is shared for others to enjoy, evaluate and critique.  

pupils in art drawing from an ipad at shorne primary school
pupils learning how to draw in shorne primary school


Through the delivery of effective, high-quality, teaching, children are given the opportunity to use a range of media to master these skills and understanding. Children are introduced to a diverse range of works and continue to develop their knowledge of styles, techniques and vocabulary used by a variety of artists.   

Children are supported and challenged to think about how they can make changes to their own pieces and maintain improvements. They are encouraged to take risks, experiment and reflect on why some techniques are successful and others are not. This will be meaningful and continuous throughout their creative process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection. 


Children will develop an appreciation for the vast range of style, forms, media and subject that is encompassed by art. They will learn that to be a successful artist, they are to be reflective, resilient and critical of their own and others’ work and explore a range of processes and styles to diversify and hone their skill and knowledge.  

year 6 pupils learning how to draw buildings in art lesson

Art and Design in Each Stage

In EYFS, expressive arts and design encompass the development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness and support their imagination and creativity.

  • It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.
  • The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in are crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts.
  • The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.
EYFS pupil in art lesson painting

In Years 1 and 2, pupils are 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 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.
Pupil drawing in an art lesson at school

In Years 3-6, pupils are taught:

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • 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.
year 6 pupil drawing building in art and design lesson

Art and Design Progression

Art and Design Content Overview (Years 1 to 6)


Art and Design Curriculum Milestones (Year 1 to 6)


SEND Information

Interventions, support, and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. Learning is robustly and continuously monitored and assessed to ensure gaps in learning are addressed. Teachers and support staff offer adaptive teaching to enable access for all, and may provide scaffolds, pre-teaching, and other support and intervention, as outlined in the Kent Mainstream Core Standards. Pupils may also be supported to access learning through the use of Clicker software.

Art and Design Resources