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Introduction to Art and Design

Art is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others. Each year group plans art lessons, which 

aim to ensure that children can develop key skills using specific media. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within our own lives and can reach their full potential. 

Curriculum Intent

At Reydon Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend their artistic knowledge and skills. Through the curriculum, pupils will have the opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.  

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Through a high-quality Art and Design education pupils are engaged, inspired and challenged, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.  

As pupils progress, they can think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design, and art vocabulary. Progression maps for all year groups articulate the knowledge and skills that are being taught, building on previous knowledge, skills and concepts. Pupils are taught how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.  

At Reydon Primary our school values underpin the Art and Design curriculum, with the intent for pupils to develop into aspirational, knowledgeable, resilient and respectful artists themselves, and able to confidently access the KS3 Art and Design curriculum as they move on to secondary education. 


The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: 

-  Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences 

 - Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques 

-  Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design 

 - Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 

Curriculum Implementation

The Art and Design curriculum at Reydon Primary School is based on the National Curriculum for Years 1 – 6. Detailed progression documents outline the progressive knowledge and skills that form the outcomes for a high-quality progressive curriculum in the subject. The curriculum design is supported by the Art & Design in Suffolk planning document and set out in the Reydon Primary long-term plan for Art & Design. These ensure a well-structured, aspirational and progressive approach to this creative subject.   

Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to: 

- Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials 

- Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects. 

- Use different media and materials to express their own ideas 

- Explore colour and use for a particular purpose 

- Explore form and function  

- Develop skills to safely use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately. 

- Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary. 

- Begin to develop the foundations of an art vocabulary 

- Share their creations, explaining the process they have used. 

Key stage 1

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 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.    

Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are 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 [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay] 

- about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Art Learning Journey 

art learning journey 2022 2023.pdf


Curriculum Impact

At Reydon, the assessment of Art and Design sits within the whole school assessment policy. Teachers assess pupils within lessons as part of the developing pupils’ knowledge and skills.  

Low stakes assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons. End of year assessments are recorded on Target Tracker and communicated to parents and carers through end of year reports. 

Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using the Target Tracker system. Attainment is reported to parents at the end of the reception year. 

Monitoring of Art and Design forms part of the school wide monitoring schedule. Use of pupil voice, book looks and learning walks measures impact and informs areas for further development.