The aim of our Art and Design curriculum is to give children a wide range of artistic opportunities through which they can explore and develop skills; learn to express themselves creatively; and find out about cultural heritage by learning about well-known artists, architects and craftspeople.

How Art and Design links with our school values

Achievement Through practise and understanding, we will develop our skills and techniques to enable us to create work we feel pleased with. We will share our learning with others and find ways to build on our achievements.
Communication We can talk about the work we create. We can help others and learn how to make improvements ourselves,  through critique and support. We can engage in discussions about artists’ work.

York has an extensive, lively community of artists. We will develop an awareness of the work created in our city and build links with artists. This extends to the wider community and well-known artists and makers in Yorkshire.

Independence We can organise ourselves in artistic activities. We make decisions in Art using the skills and understanding we have developed. We can develop our own opinions about the artwork we create and the artists we study.
Opportunity We will take opportunities to work on new and varied projects. We will have the chance to learn new skills in a variety of ways.


  • We follow the National Curriculum and Early Years Development Matters.
  • We explore creative opportunities based on a strong foundation of skills acquisition.
  • We make meaningful and creative, skills-based links with other curriculum areas.
  • We give our children the opportunity to explore creatively using a wide variety of artistic materials.
  • We follow a unique skills and progression document


Our children will experience a variety of artistic materials.

They will develop skills and techniques that allow them to feel confident and create with control and understanding of the media.

They will be able to make decisions about how they use artistic materials in a representational or expressive way.

They will recognise some of the work of a broad range of artists.