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Art curriculum

Purpose of study

 Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.  


 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.

Key stage 1

Pupils should 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 work.

Key stage 2

Pupils should 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 design.

Pupils should 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.

At Morland Primary School we believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. A quality art and design curriculum gives pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences… and fires their imagination!

Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake.

Art should enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Self-evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals.

The natural environment is a great stimuli here at Morland Area primary School. The children are often taken outside to draw in the natural light, in the outdoor classroom and under the trees in our wonderful grounds. We use sketchbooks to record experience and imagination, to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their creativity. We encourage children to work on their own and collaboratively with others on projects in two and three dimensions and on small and large scales. We give children the opportunities to visit museums and galleries, developing their skills of observation and evaluation. We also celebrate and recognise the work children bring into school from home.

At Morland Area Primary School we hold an annual Art Week. This is a week-long arts festival where the whole school comes off timetable and engages in wholly creative lessons that culminates in an exhibition and community event. Children get to explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers who we collaborate with for the Art Week and it really is an inspiring, creative and special week in our school calendar.

Morland’s Art Curriculum linked to our Whole School Long Term Plans


Whole School Jubilee Art Week 2022 - working together as a whole school using a variety of tools, equipment and media with specialists.