Art and Design


The Art and Design curriculum at Staveley CE Primary School has been carefully designed to fulfil the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, with our Christian vision at the heart. Our Art and Design curriculum provides clear skills and knowledge progression and aims to help children develop the abilities needed to become self-regulated learners, critical thinkers and confident individuals. At Staveley School, we want to encourage a love of art through exposure to a range of artists, styles and media. Art and Design, is a fully inclusive subject that enables all children to express their individual gifts and talents and we want to recognise this and celebrate it. Art lessons are fun and creative and are the perfect way for our children to embrace challenge and understand that there are no limits to their creativity.

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


What do we teach in Art and Design?

Our Art and Design scheme of work, provides children with a broad range of experiences and opportunities to enable them to engage with art and design.

Art and Design is taught in all classes once a week as an individual subject, (alternating with Design and Technology, each half term) as well as being incorporated into other curriculum lessons to enrich them. Each weekly Art and Design lesson includes the opportunity for children to expand their knowledge and skills development. These lessons where and when appropriate, are also linked to each class’ topics and planned to suit class interests or current events. Teaching styles and available resources are taken into consideration. We encourage the children to experiment with their own ideas and, across the key stages, develop a wide range of artistic techniques exploring the seven visual elements of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children are provided with lots of opportunities to use different media, materials and processes, to develop and further their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, as well as other arts and craft techniques. We ensure all pupils have access to a range of good quality resources and materials, helping them to achieve their full potential and allowing for varied, individual outcomes.

In Key Stage 2, we introduce a sketchbook to record observations and practise various techniques taught. These are an invaluable way to revisit previous ideas and techniques and are a great way to show progression in art, right up to leaving in Year 6.

What are the outcomes?

Our Art and Design curriculum aims to have empowered children to be self-assured individuals who are able to express themselves and share their tastes and opinions with confidence in all areas of life.

We aspire to create individuals who will have a life-long appreciation of art and the way that it can have a positive impact on their own mental well-being the world for good.