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Art and Design Curriculum


We follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design education at Cromwell Primary Phase. Our curriculum is creative and cross curricular but with this in mind, when Art and Design is taught as distinct subjects in a skills-based manner, there is clearer progression and the teaching and learning is more rigorous. Art and Design teaching provides an excellent way to enrich our curriculum and link to other curriculum areas. Links to themes or projects are still be made, but from a position of far greater strength and understanding.

At Cromwell children are given opportunities to explore their ideas by experimenting, inventing and creating their own varied works of art using a range of materials. They will learn how to draw, paint, sculpt and explore other art, craft and design techniques. They also learn about how art has shaped our history and how it reflects it.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children are given opportunities to be imaginative, explore different materials and develop their ideas. Children are encouraged to practice their handling, moving and control skills (for example, by painting or using clay). Materials are accessible for children to develop and explore their ideas and to be imaginative.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Pupils are given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children learn 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 to 6)

The content of the Art and Design curriculum in Key Stage 2 builds on what children have learned in Key Stage 1. Children develop and improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of different materials. All our children create sketch books to record their learning and use them to review and revisit ideas. They continue to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.


The documents below set out the skills progression for each year group:

Knowledge and Skills Progression in Art

Knowledge and Skills Progression in Design & Technology