Art and Design

Art / Design Statement of Intent

To develop skills and techniques, including digital media, to produce individual and group pieces of work that reflects and contributes to culture and creativity.


At Glenmere the teaching and implementation of Art and Design is based on the National Curriculum we take a well-structured approach and make links to topics where possible for this creative subject.

The children are taught every other half term alternating with Design and Technology.  Areas covered include painting, sketching, sculpture, clay work, Modroc, pointillism, pop art and a variety of artists. More details can be found on the long term plans.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children have opportunities to explore and use a variety of materials and media through a combination of adult directed activities and child led ones.

They are able to explore movement, different textures and generally the look and feel of different media and materials. They are then given opportunities to respond to these and begin to develop their understanding and manipulate and create different effects. This then gives them the chance to express their own ideas using different materials and media and explore colour for different purposes. Giving them the opportunities to use simple tools allows them to develop their skills and build in confidence trying out different techniques. Encouraging them to make changes if needed is beginning to give them an understanding of evaluations and how to improve their own work.

Key stage 1

Children are given opportunities to continue to build on the skills already introduced to them. They still use a variety of materials to be creative and design a variety of products. They use painting, drawing and sculpture to develop and share ideas of their own using their imagination and experience different sessions to build on their imagination. In addition to this they are encouraged to develop a wide range of art and design techniques incorporating pattern, colour, line, shape, texture, form and space. Sketch books are introduced to the children to develop and be creative these move through the different years with them. Looking at a variety of artists and designers allows the children to make links with their own work and allows them to discuss similarities and differences between different artists and the work they create.

Key stage 2

Children are taught to build upon the skills already given to them so far. They are shown how to develop different techniques, including control and use of materials and given the chance to experiment and increase their knowledge of different kinds of art and design. Sketch books allow them to make observations, record these and revisit ideas if needed. They are still given opportunities to build on their art and design techniques including using a variety of media eg charcoal, pastels, pencils, clay etc. The children are still given opportunities to look at artists work and discuss techniques and what the artist are trying to convey.


Children are given many opportunities to be creative and express themselves through art and design activities. Assessments are completed at the end of each unit, assessing the skills and knowledge applied by each pupil within the classroom, which then in turn gives teachers information to inform future lessons and planning. Work is recorded within sketchbooks to show the process and steps achieved throughout the whole unit.

Art and Design Skills Progression