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Art and Design Technology

Art and Design Technology Curriculum Statement  

Bishop Chavasse Church of England Primary School  


Our School Vision:  

Bishop Chavasse Church of England School Policies are all underpinned by respect and our school parable 'The Wise and the Foolish Builder', which forms the basis of our whole school vision, highlighting the importance of wisdom, compassion and honesty.  


Bishop Chavasse School values every wonderfully and uniquely created child and adult; inspiring everyone to fulfil their potential, as we achieve excellence together. As Jesus teaches through the parable of the house on the rock: we grow in wisdom, supported by the compassion of God to establish firm, honest foundations on which every child can build.   

EYFS Development Matters Statements 


Expressive Arts and Design, Children in reception will be learning to: 

• Take part in simple pretend play, using an object to represent something else even though they are not similar.  

• Begin to develop complex stories using small world equipment like animal sets, dolls and dolls houses etc.  

• Make imaginative and complex ‘small worlds’ with blocks and construction kits, such as a city with different buildings and a park.  

• Explore different materials freely, to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make.  

• Develop their own ideas and then decide which materials to use to express them.  

• Join different materials and explore different textures.  

• Create closed shapes with continuous lines, and begin to use these shapes to represent objects.  

• Draw with increasing complexity and detail, such as representing a face with a circle and including details.  

• Use drawing to represent ideas like movement or loud noises.  

• Show different emotions in their drawings and paintings, like happiness, sadness, fear etc. 

• Explore colour and colour-mixing.  

• Listen with increased attention to sounds.  

• Respond to what they have heard, expressing their thoughts and feelings.  

• Remember and sing entire songs.  

• Sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person (‘pitch match’).  

• Sing the melodic shape (moving melody, such as up and down, down and up) of familiar songs.  

• Create their own songs or improvise a song around one they know.  

• Play instruments with increasing control to express their feelings and ideas. 

Long Term plan Year 1 – Year 6 



Year 1 

Mark-making using different mediums  

Fruit and Veg kebabs 

Sliders and levers 

Sketching – self portraiture 




Year 2  

Andy Goldsworthy Land art 

Victorians – William Morris 


Georgia O’Keefe - flowers - painting 


African art – make masks, lions 

Aboriginal art - pointilism 


Year 3 

Shaduf and Canopic Jars 

Ancient Egyptian Masks 


DT Sewing 

Greek Pots 



Year 4 

Drawing & Painting 


Mechanical Sculptures 

Drawing and Painting 



Textiles and Painting 

Electrical Systems 

Textiles and Painting 


Electrical Systems 






Year 5 

Robert William Wood – drawing and painting: landscape paintings 

Gears and Pulleys 

Stable Structures 

Textiles – Weaving and sewing 

Food – Brazilian food: design, create and evaluate a savoury dish 

Mayan Masks -clay printing within 


Year 6  

Drawing and Painting  

Textiles – Using Computer Aided Design 



Electrical Systems 





At Bishop Chavasse CE Primary School, 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, thoughts 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 reflect and shape history and values from varied cultures, and contribute to culture, creativity and wealth around the world. Art and Design provides children with the opportunity to engage with culture and expression from diverse cultures around the world. As such, at Bishop Chavasse CE Primary School we design our curriculum to link to the topics and themes covered, enabling children to develop a greater depth of understanding of these cultures through the outward expression of varied art forms.  



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 Bishop Chavasse CE Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured and diverse approach to this creative subject. 


At Bishop Chavasse, we teach art or DT for one lesson a week, alternating terms linked to their termly topic work. The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning. Areas covered include sculpture, mosaics, printing based on topic work (such as the Victorians & Castles) Arabic culture, colour theory, natural art, painting, pointillism, Pop Art and works of the Impressionist artists.  More detail can be found in our Long Term plan. 


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 and varied art and DT mediums. 


Pupils are 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 and mediums, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay, canvas, card, paper] 

  • About great artists, architects and designers in history. 


In KS1 and 2 teachers use ongoing formative assessments to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design as part of their seven key areas of learning and their progress is tracked termly. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year. 


The impact of this curriculum design will lead to excellent progress over time, across key stages, relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills as well as fostering a love of and enthusiasm for the subject. They will learn that art and DT has changed our lives and understand that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. This is evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their work and their enjoyment for art and DT. 


Children will leave Bishop Chavasse school as curious, confident learners with positive attitudes and compassion towards other cultures, peoples and languages and a better appreciation of our own art, culture, history and way of life.