Art and Design

Art and Design  


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Art & Design LTP



At Pentland 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 skills, and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils – equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

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.

By the end of EY, the intent is that pupils will have explored and used a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They will have had opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials.
  • Respond to a range of media and materials – developing 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.
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary.


By the end of KS1, the intent is that pupils will have:

  • Used a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Developed a wide range of art and design techniques – using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • Learned about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers – describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines; making links to their own work.


By the end of KS2, the intent is that pupils will have been 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. They will have had opportunities to:

  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, Batik and willow).
  • Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.



This will be implemented by following a well-structured skills progression – based on the National Curriculum – which links in with the children’s topic work. Areas covered include: Drawing, Painting, 3-D, Printmaking, Collage/Textiles and Photography.  The work of famous local, national and international artists are also explored to enhance the children’s learning.


Children’s progress can be seen in the different aspects of Art:

Drawing – through the development of line drawings from simple lines to introducing tone, pattern and detail, and then adding perspective.




Painting – from mixing colours to using texture and pattern, colour and tone, and then developing a composition.



3D – through working with malleable materials to basic clay techniques, and then working with willow to make constructions.




Printmaking – from making patterns to designing motifs/relief printing and repeating patterns to press printing with 2/3 colours and then stencil printing/screen printing.



Collage/Textiles – through experimenting, using different materials and then using different materials when planning and making a collage. Batik will also be taught with children via an after-school club.






Progress in Art and Design is seen by the development and extension of skills, the ability to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas, and a widening knowledge of famous local, national and international artists and designers.

Therefore, the curriculum is planned so our children are able to build upon their art techniques, develop a knowledge of artists and use a developing vocabulary and knowledge to give opinions on art work. At Pentland, we feel it is important to have our curriculum progression like this to develop our children’s access to a range of art media, tools and techniques in addition to developing their art vocabulary.