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At Laughton, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

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.



The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Laughton is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

 The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work.  Areas covered include Stone-Age painting, printing based on topic work, such as the houses from the Great Fire of London, nature, illustrations from UAE art, WW2 posters, painting, pointillism and the works of the Impressionist artists.  More detail can be found in our Long Term plan.

 The works of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning. 

The children's learning is further enhanced with our whole school ‘Picture This’ focus when the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists and to have their work displayed at Magna.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials

  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.

  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas

  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose

  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately

  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary


Key stage 1

Pupils are 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 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:

  • 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 Art.  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 at Magna.

Art Skills Progression EYFS

Art Skills Progression Y1-Y6

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