Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern, line and shape and tone using   different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art throughout history, and different cultures, they can explore the impact and how it contributes to the culture and creativity of our nation. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.


In Early Years Foundation Stage, Expressive Arts and Design is broken down into two aspects: 

  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative 

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Pupils will be taught creativity in art, craft and design by:

  • using a range of materials creatively to design and make products                                                                
  • using drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas,experiences and imagination                    
  • developing a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern,texture, line, shape, form and space                                                                                                                                                       
  • learning 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 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

Pupils will be taught to further develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design by being 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 (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)                                                                                       
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.