Art & Design

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Here at Thomas Gray Primary we understand that 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 are encouraged to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Our Art and Design curriculum also allows pupils to develop an understanding of 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 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 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