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Art and Design    

At Eastbury Community School, we value Art and Design as an important part of our broad and balanced curriculum. A high-quality Art and Design curriculum should inspire, engage and challenge children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of texture, form and pattern.  

Our curriculum ensures that children have the knowledge and skills to be able to explore, discuss and produce pieces of work that they are proud of. Artists from all backgrounds and cultures are studied and celebrated so that our pupils see role models that reflect our diverse and inclusive community.   

Our Pupils are given enrichment opportunities to visit art galleries and develop an appreciation for art in all its forms. Children are given time to discuss their ideas and opinions of the artwork and artists that we study and they are encouraged to develop their own creativity and imagination.  

Our aim with our Art and Design curriculum is to foster a love and appreciation of all types of Art and for our pupils to develop an appreciation for the world around them.


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.



At ECS Primary, we are guided by the National Curriculum for Art and Design (2014). We sequence our Art Curriculum to ensure that children are able to build on prior knowledge. The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to:

  • Stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
  • Develop children’s understanding of eight elements; line, tone, colour, form, texture, pattern, shape, space and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings.
  • Explore with children ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, helping to develop their ability to observe, evaluate and appreciate other artist’s work. Understand the different roles functions of art and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures.
  • Help children to learn and make thoughtful judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, giving opportunities to review and discuss their own and others work.
  • Ensure children research the artist and critique his/her artwork every first lesson of an art unit. 


At Eastbury, we recognise that Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.

We encourage children to explore ideas and meanings through the work of a range of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.

How is the curriculum sequenced?

At Eastbury, our Art Curriculum is sequenced from the National Curriculum. It is broken down into smaller steps to focus on key elements for a unit of work. The first lesson focuses and highlights the artist. The children research key information on the artist and critique his/her work. Then they spend a lot of time exploring the key skills required to create their final art work inspired by the artist.  

There are eight key elements in Art:

  • Line
  • Tone
  • Colour
  • Form
  • Texture
  • Pattern
  • Shape
  • Space

How are you building on prior knowledge and skills?

The art Curriculum is mapped out carefully to help develop children’s knowledge and skills throughout their journey at Eastbury. Skills are heightened by recapping and repeating each aspect of art in more detail e.g. looking at colour mixing of primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Revisiting key skills help children build on their prior knowledge and make connections between different skills they/artists use.  

How are we implementing the recovery curriculum?

Following the school closures due to Covid-19, our priority is for children to feel safe and secure as they return to school. Our recovery curriculum focuses on looking at key concepts from the National Curriculum. From this, the Art Curriculum has been carefully sequenced to ensure we focus on any key skills that have been missed to close gaps in our children’s learning.  

Long Term Planning

Art Overview

Art Skills Progression 

Art Skill progression EYFS-Yr6

Medium Term Planning

Autumn 1 Art

Spring 1 Art

Summer 1 Art

Art Knowledge Organisers Autumn Term

Y1 Vincent Van Gogh

Y2 Georgia O'Keeffe

Y3 Clifford Possum

Y4 Dana Awartani

Y5 Jean Pucelle

Y6 Grayson Perry

Art Knowledge Organisers Spring Term

 Y1 Tholpavakoothu

Y2 William Turner

Y3 Picasso

Y4 Charles Chatteau

Y5 Marc Chagall

Y6 Banksy

Art Knowledge Organisers Summer Term 

 Y1 Noel Kapanda

Y2 Rene Magritte

Y3 Claude Monet

Y4 Henri Rousseau

Y5 Niki de ST Phalle

Y6 Production Props

Art Policy 

Art Policy Feb 2024