Art and Design

Art and Design Subject Leads: Miss G Nulty and Miss G Butler

For any more information on Stone St. Mary’s Art and Design Curriculum, please contact the office.

Children are given many opportunities to explore and experiment with their ideas through creative mediums, unleashing their unique creativity whilst learning vital skills including drawing, painting, and sculpting.


At Stone St Mary’s CE Primary School, we value the creative curriculum and believe that Art and Design is a vital part of children’s education. Exposure to the arts produces creative, imaginative, and skilled thinkers. Through a carefully planned curriculum, all children will develop their art skills such as; drawing, textiles, sculpture, painting, fine art, print, collage and so on. 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. As children develop through the creative curriculum offered here at Stone St Mary’s CE Primary School, they will have a more rigorous understanding of art and design through their learning about other artists or art movements, which aids children’s understanding of history and contribution to culture.

girl drawing with a crayon outside the classroom
girl and boy doing some painting in the classroom


Through the delivery of effective, high-quality, teaching, children are given the opportunity to use a range of media to master these skills and understanding.

The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and are progressive throughout the school. The importance on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are being inspired by and learning about. The children’s knowledge continues to advance through the introduction of a range of various styles, techniques, and vocabulary.

The school’s excellent Art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media. They are encouraged to take risks, experiment, and reflect on why some techniques are successful and others are not. This will be meaningful and continuous throughout their creative process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection. Children are supported and challenged to think about how they can make changes to their own pieces and maintain improvements. Our lessons are taught with a focus on one or more of our connecting stones: colour, artists, media, appreciation.  Over the course of the year, children will have covered all these connecting stones in depth.










The structure of the Art curriculum through topic work, ensures that children can develop their knowledge and understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople, and designers from a vast range of cultures and apply this knowledge to their own work. The use of children’s individual sketchbooks means that children can review, modify, and develop their initial ideas to achieve high quality outcomes. Children learn to understand and apply the key principles of art: line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion, and perspective, as well as developing an appreciation for the vast range of style, forms, media, and subject that is encompassed by art. Children will take pride in their work and develop their confidence in their own skills.

two boys doing some painting in the classroom

Art and Design in Each Stage

In EYFS, through expressive arts and design, children will have daily access to a broad range of art resources in both child-initiated and adult led sessions. This allows them to express themselves and explore creatively. Children will be given the skills to engage in and appreciate a range of techniques such as printing, painting, drawing, modelling, and collage as well as beginning to develop a cultural awareness of different artists. EYFS staff support children in broadening their imagination and creativity through repetition and depth of experiences.

In Year 1 and 2, children will be taught to:

  • Use a wide range of materials creatively to design and make their own products.
  • Use ideas and experiences to inspire their own artwork.
  • Develop artistic techniques such as the use of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form, and space.
  • Use drawing, painting, and sculpture to develop their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Appreciate the work of a range of artists and designers and articulate similarities and differences between different practises and make links to their own work.

In Year 3-6, children will be taught to:

  • Children will build-on and 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.
  • Show progress and share ideas in a sketch books for the children to use to review and revisit their creativity.
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques from using a range of materials.
  • To be exposed to and learn about great artists, architects, and designers in history.

Art and Design Progression

At Stone St Mary’s CofE Primary School, we expand our pupil’s Art and Design knowledge through essential skills; increasing their depth of understanding year after year. Through the use of our curriculum milestones and overviews, we can monitor pupils’ progress allowing adaptations and further support where required, to keep a strong Art and Design education.

Art and Design Coverage Overview


Art and Design Curriculum Milestones


SEND Information

Our SEND children are given the necessary support in class to fully access the Art & Design curriculum. If necessary, learning is adapted to support SEND children, so they have equal opportunities to be confident in approaching any problems faced. All teaching staff offer an adaptive teaching style to ensure all children can access their learning. This may include; providing scaffolds, pre-teaching, other support and intervention, as outlined in the Kent Mainstream Core Standards.

Art and Design Extra Resources

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

Further Art and Design Help