Art and Design

Art and Design Subject Leader: Mrs R Dunne

Pupils are given the opportunities to explore their ideas through creative mediums; unleashing their imagination and learning vital skills including drawing, painting and sculpting.


At Sedley’s C of E Primary School we hold creative learning in high esteem and value the importance of Art and Design.   We aim to provide learning opportunities for all children that will engage and inspire them in a multitude of ways, through a variety of media such as drawing, textiles, sculpture, and painting including fine art, print, and collage.  We believe that effective Art and Design learning produces imaginative, confident, and skilled thinkers capable of expressing themselves in many ways.


Our Art curriculum is carefully planned from Reception to Year 6 incorporating a range of themes throughout.  By engaging and challenging pupils in a high quality Art and Design education, we are equipping them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.  Our children are exposed to the work of a range of significant artists and their learning is assessed through key questions and observations as they grow their understanding, knowledge and skills.


Pupils will have developed a range of knowledge through their Art and Design learning, which they will be able to apply in a variety of contexts.  They will be able to express thoughts and feelings through their creations and will be confident to evaluate the processes and final pieces they create.

Art and Design in Each Stage

In the Early Years Art is addressed within the Expressive Arts and Design Early Learning Goal.

Expressive Arts and Design Early Learning Goal: Creating with Materials – Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools, and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form, and function.
  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.
  • Make use of props and materials when role-playing characters in narratives and stories

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are exposed to opportunities involving the exploration of colour, pattern, texture, materials, and tools.  They will explore natural materials and be encouraged to express themselves through their drawing, painting, and mark-making.

A continuous provision in the Early Years provides ongoing opportunities for pupils to explore creative activities in their own way.

Pupils in Year 1 and 2 will learn to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products by drawing, painting and sculpting.  They will develop a wide range of art and design techniques, using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.  The theme of significant artists will develop through Key Stage 1, allowing children to make links to their own work.

At Key Stage 2 pupils will continue to develop their techniques and will extend their learning within drawing, painting and sculpture, creating moods and effects.  They will also develop their evaluation abilities and will be exposed to a range of art by significant individuals in order to provide them with opportunities to critique the work of others. They will learn to use the language of art in order to talk confidently about it, giving thoughts and opinions on a range of pieces and how they make them feel.

Art and Design Progression

Progression from Year 1 to Year 6


SEND Information

Our SEND and disadvantaged pupils are given the necessary support in class to fully access the supported Art & Design curriculum. Learning is adapted where necessary to support SEND/EAL pupils to give equal opportunities for all to be confident in approaching any problems faced. Interventions, support and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. The above areas are robustly and continuously monitored to ensure any gaps in learning are addressed.

Art and Design Extra Resources

For remote learning, please visit our remote learning page or contact our Head of Art & Design for more information.

Further Art and Design Help