Skills Set

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.

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Art projects

Nursery childrens’ interpretation of Paul Klee’s works:

Reception projects on Andy Warhol, Aboriginal Art and the Willow Pattern Story:

Year 1 covering Antoni Gaudi:

Year 2 using characters from stories “Gorilla” and “On The Way Home”:

Year 3 display of micro art and Paolo Uccello:

Year 4 interpret Alberto Giacometti and abstract art:

Year 5 Illustrations of endangered lions:

Year 6 have worked on Tattoos and Henri Matisse: