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Art and Design

Here you can find more information about our Art and Design Curriculum. 


Here at Leafield CE Primary School, we aim to give our children the opportunity to enjoy and understand the visual arts by increasing their awareness of great artists, architects, and designers in history. By following the art process, all children will develop the skills and techniques necessary to independently create visual works. Children will be capable of expressing their personal, environmental, social, or political messages through the visual arts.


At Leafield, the teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is planned using Curriculum Maestro Cornerstones Curriculum 22 model. Art and design projects are mainly linked to the core theme of each term. However, each year, children will experience a subject-specific project specifically aimed at progressing key skills and knowledge within art. The art and design projects are well sequenced to provide a coherent subject scheme that develops children’s skills and knowledge of visual elements, art forms, artists and art movements. Each project allows children to investigate art; be taught basic skills; practise those skills; then gives time for children to plan, create and evaluate their own work.

Early Years

In the Foundation Stage, Art and Design is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the Cornerstones Curriculum. The objectives taught are mostly taken from the Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.

Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

1. to use a range of materials and creatively design and make products;

2. to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share ideas, experiences and imagination;

3. to develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space;

4. about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, making links to their own work.

Key stage 2

Pupils are 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 are taught:

1. to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas;

2. 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];

3. about great artists, architects, and designers in history.


By the time children leave Leafield Primary, we want them to have developed a passion for art and creativity, working both independently and collaboratively. They will have experienced a wide range of works of art, using technical vocabulary to talk about these. They will have grown in confidence when using a range of tools and techniques, becoming artists that can apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout the years and respond critically to their own and others' work.