St Michael's CE Primary

Art and Design


The rich, ambitious art curriculum has been designed to link to the humanities, science and RE curriculum so that children can make connections between subjects and use their knowledge to inform their art. In every art unit, children learn about a key artist. We have chosen a diverse range of artists, representing different cultures, genders, ethnicities and also different artistic movements. This means children build their cultural capital and have enrichment opportunities through visiting this art in galleries and museums around London, learning without walls or limitations.

Each unit is structured around the appraisal of artwork, the generating of new ideas, the learning of new skills and knowledge, the making of a final piece and then finally, the evaluation of the artistic process and the children’s final piece.

Through the curriculum, children have the opportunity to develop their skills in the specialisms of drawing, painting and sculpture. Additionally, we have chosen the specialisms of printing, digital art and craft, collage and textiles. These specialisms are embedded from Early Years, all the way through Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This means that when children leave at the end of year 6, they have the necessary skills to enable them to fulfil the Key Stage 3 art curriculum.

The understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) are developed by providing an ambitious curriculum enabling children to reach their full potential. The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are sequenced across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by.


This enables links to other curriculum areas, including humanities, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art, enabling them to thrive as artists.


Classroom and school displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum.


Design and technology

Our design and technology curriculum aims to provide our pupils with an opportunity to develop their skills in: creativity and imagination, design and construction, and problem solving. They also acquire a broad range of subject knowledge which is built on year on year and draws on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.Our design and technology curriculum is taught in a cyclic model:

  1. Firstly, children research and evaluate past and present design and technology considering its impact on daily life.
  2. Next, they are invited to design a product that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs.
  3. After that, they make their designs using specific taught skills, solving problems where they arise.
  4. Then, they evaluate their designs, considering how to improve them.
  5. Finally, they have the opportunity to complete further research and to improve their product.


We aim that through our design and technology curriculum, our pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.


Art and Design Curriculum