Curriculum – Art & Design


The Art and Design curriculum at Burghfield St. Mary’s is designed as part of a broad and balanced education which meets the needs of all children. A structure and sequence of lessons is followed, to help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The intent is to ensure all pupils are engaged with the subject and produce creative, imaginative work. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas.  Children will increasingly become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing and patterns.  Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. The opportunities planned will also provide the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art, to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.


The two year rolling Art plan incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 through opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. Where appropriate, links are made between the Art taught and our cross-curricular whole school topics. The planned activities, suggested resources and end of unit assessment, give the teacher leading art confidence in progression of skills and knowledge, recognising where outcomes have been met. Each key stage (EYFS, KS1, LKS2, UKS2) focuses on different themes to ensure continued interest in the subject as well as acquiring new knowledge. The content suggested develops pupils’ 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 are also introduced to how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.



Our curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first wave teaching. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on children’s outcomes.

Art and design learning is embraced by teachers and pupils across school. All children are encouraged to use technical vocabulary and are encouraged to know, apply and understand the skills and processes specified. Children have the opportunity to improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and the impact of art and design on the world. Children become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. Children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their developing skills.