Art and Design

Subject Leader - Mrs Knight



At St Joseph’s, we believe that Art and Design is a vital part of the children’s education. Through Art and Design, children have the opportunity to nurture their creativity and curiosity, to be inspired by a variety of different artists and art forms, and to engage in an exciting and hands-on way. Our Art and Design curriculum allows children to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas through designing and creating a range of artwork throughout their time with us. It also allows them to know and understand how art and design both reflects and shapes out history, as well as contributing to the culture and creativity of our nation.



The Art and Design Curriculum at St Joseph’s is linked to the National Curriculum to ensure a well-structured comprehensive approach to this subject. Each class has 3 Art and Design topics throughout the year, as well as extra Art sessions for extra-curricular days or events. To ensure a broad range of art materials are used and experienced, the following media will be used throughout the children’s time at school:

  • printing
  • painting
  • drawing
  • textiles
  • 3D
  • sculpting 

The work of famous local, national and international artists are also explored to enhance the children’s learning and giving the opportunity to link Art and Design topics to other parts of the wider curriculum.


Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils are taught 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 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 art and design and DT curriculum is planned in line with class topics to provide children with an in depth and relevant topic that links to their wider learning. The curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and give children the opportunity to use a range of materials and resources. The impact of our curriculum is measured through marking of written work in books, summative assessment at the end of a topic and final pieces of work being displayed around school.



Please click here to view our Art and Design and Design Technology policy.


Check out what we've been getting up to in our Art and DT lessons!

Below you will find our whole school Art and Design and Design Technology long term plan