Art and Design

Art and Design Subject Leader: Mrs H Gear

Pupils are given the opportunities to explore their ideas through creative mediums; unleashing their imagination and learning vital skills including drawing, painting and sculpting.


At Cliffe Woods Primary, we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education, with a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum and the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities, as well as an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists.

Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.

young boy painting a picture at cliffe woods primary school in art and design
pupils from cliffe woods primary school in art and design class


The techniques and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and are progressive throughout the school. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, including humanities, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists, as well as individual works and art movements. A similar systematic approach to the development of artistic techniques means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.

The school’s high-quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.


The structure of the art curriculum ensures that children are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from a range of times and cultures and apply this knowledge to their own work. The consistent use of children’s sketchbooks means that children are able to review, modify and develop their initial ideas in order to achieve high quality outcomes. Children learn to understand and apply the key principles of art: line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion and perspective. The opportunity for children to refine and develop their techniques over time is supported by effective lesson sequencing and progression between year groups. This also supports children in achieving age related expectations at the end of their cohort year.

Displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school. The Art curriculum contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and selfreflection.

pupils painting in art and design class in cliffe woods primary school

Art and Design in Each Stage

Throughout EYFS, Children will have daily access to a wide range of art resources within child-initiated sessions, enabling them to explore creatively. These include printing, painting, drawing, modelling, and collage. EYFS staff will also teach and model more specific skills and techniques when engaging with children who are exploring a range of media and materials.

pupils from cliffe woods primary school in art and design class

Throughout KS1, pupils will be taught to:

  • Use experiences and ideas as the inspiration for artwork.
  • Share ideas using drawing, painting, and sculpture.
  • Explore a variety of techniques.
  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, artisans, and designers.
pupils painting in art and design class at cliffe woods primary school

At KS2, Pupils will be taught the following:

  • Use experiences, other subjects across the curriculum and ideas as inspiration for artwork.
  • Develop and share ideas in a sketchbook and in finished products.
  • Improve mastery of techniques.
  • Learn about the great artists, architects and designers in history.
pupils painting in the art and design studio at cliffe woods primary school

Art and Design Progression

At Cliffe Woods, we expand our pupil’s Art and Design knowledge through essential skills; increasing their depth of understanding year after year. Through the use of ‘ end of year expectations ‘ to help monitor pupils’ progress allowing adaptations and further support where required, to keep a strong Art and Design education.

Art and Design Curriculum Overview


Art and Design Curriculum Milestones


SEND Information

Our SEND and disadvantaged pupils are given the necessary support in class to fully access the supported Art & Design curriculum. Learning is adapted where necessary to support SEND/EAL pupils to give equal opportunities for all to be confident in approaching any problems faced. Interventions, support and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. The above areas are robustly and continuously monitored to ensure any gaps in learning are addressed.

Art and Design Extra Resources

For remote learning, please visit our remote learning page or contact our Head of Art & Design for more information.

Further Art and Design Help