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Art & Design


At Sheriff Hutton Primary School we value and are dedicated to the teaching of Art and Design. We see this as a fundamental part of school life and are committed to providing an arts rich curriculum for our children. We believe that by developing this, we can contribute to the quality of our children’s lives, both within and beyond school. We see art and design as a means to support learning in a range of ways. The skills that are developed in these subjects can be transferred across the curriculum and thus aid learning.


As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim 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
  • Class teachers are responsible for teaching art and design, although there will be times when professional artists/helpers will be involved in the teaching of the topic.

Starting from Reception, children build their skills year on year.

Key Stage 1

Children will 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

Key Stage 2

Children will 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

Children will 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.


Our children enjoy the self-expression that they experience in both Art and Design.

They are always keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those shown to them. The children’s art is very often cross-curricular, and helps them to express feelings and emotions in art,
as well as show their knowledge and understanding in history, geography and science.

Through their art and design, the children are able to reach out into the community, with our pupil’s artwork proudly displayed in the local Village Show and Art Society Exhibition.

Art Progression Map

Art curriculum overview and map

Art Key Vocabulary

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