At Portland Primary school children are given opportunities to work within a range of different media throughout each key stage. The curriculum has been adapted to meet the new expectations of the National Curriculum. Art and Design is linked to topics, which maximises cross curricular learning.

Below is the information regarding the new National Curriculum for Art and Design and The Early Years Outcomes documents.

Early Years

Art skills are broad and many are covered within Expressive Arts and Design (EAD). In Early Years EAD is taught through a skills based approach focused on the children’s interests.

Children are taught to

  • Explore what happens when they mix colours
  • Experiment to create different textures
  • Understand that different media can be combined to create new effects
  • Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect
  • Use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources
  • Creates simple representations of events, people and objects
  • Chooses colours for a particular purpose

 Purpose of study at Key Stages 1 and 2

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.

Key stage 1

Pupils should be 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 should be 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 should be 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
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.