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Art and design programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 National curriculum in England

Purpose of study Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality 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. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


At Coley Primary School we are passionate about Art. We find it in the most ordinary of places from  inside our classrooms to our outdoor environment.




     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.


We enjoy looking at all aspects of the curriculum in a creative way. We study the work of famous artists who inspire us and use this as a basis for our own work. Working with different media allows us to explore and experiment with different techniques. We enjoy making the ordinary look extraordinary.


Here are some examples of our wonderful artwork. 



These trees were part of our work during International Week where we studied Japan and the work of Yayoi Kusama. We wrapped the trees using fabric, foil and ribbon. We used our Maths skills  to estimate and work out lengths needed. This made people view the space very differently. We added an outdoor gallery to highlight the whole process from design to execution. We also wrote facts about the artist and Japan and hung them on the trees. 


This work was also inspired by Yayoi Kusama. We used oil pastel on card focusing on colour and form. 

Art work can be collaborative. We were lucky enough to have been able to study real doves. We handled and released them. We watched them fly away. We used this first hand knowledge to help us recreate this experience in woven form. We studied how artists use negative space and recreated a single Dove of Peace using this technique. 






Andy Goldsworthy is a real inspiration to us.  His work is called ephemeral art which means its temporary and of that moment. We often use his work as a starting point for our own. 




Here are some examples of our own art ephemera. 



We are Entomologists! We combined Art and Science by studying the mini beasts in our immediate environment.  We learnt about the differences between mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. 

We used our observational skills to produce these pictures. We used pastel and watercolour. 




Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.  

Key stage 1 Pupils should be 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 should be 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 should be 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.