Art 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, 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.  At St Clare’s we follow the CUSP curriculum. CUSP Art, Design and Technology has purposely been built around the principles of evidence-led practice. This is to ensure that pupils are equipped to successfully think, work and communicate like an artist and designer. Unapologetically ambitious, our art curriculum focuses on excellence in this subject through a myriad of media and incredible artists. 

Throughout the year, the school will engage in art and design and technology weeks. During these weeks, students will delve into the six art topics and six DT topics. This approach aims to provide children with an immersive experience, allowing them extended time to focus on their creative endeavours.

Art and design and technology are integrated into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, with evidence documented in floor books. Each student from Year 1 to Year 6 maintains their own art book, featuring work from every lesson. Prior to each topic, children design a dedicated page, specifying the topic name, key vocabulary, and knowledge notes. This page serves as a reference, allowing students to anticipate their learning and revisit information to aid their work.

Teachers assess students by identifying those who excel and those requiring additional support, recording observations accordingly.

The Art & Design Curriculum for St Clare’s outlines the Intent, implementation and impact in more detail.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1.  Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  2.  Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  3.  Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  4.  Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


 The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at St Clare’s Primary School uses the CUSP curriculum and ensures a well- structured approach to this creative subject. Our lessons follow a structured approach that begins by revisiting what the children have previously learned, providing a strong foundation. We demonstrate concepts for the children, who then apply this knowledge through engaging activities. In subsequent lessons, we continue to expand upon and reinforce this foundational understanding.

 Teaching of Art and Design Technology in Early Years Foundation Stage                                                                    

 In Early years, Art and Design plays a very important role in their development. Children are taught to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art, design and technology. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Teaching of Art and Design in EYFS and Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to;

  • 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
  • To know 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.

Teaching of Art and Design in 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 [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • To learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Children will be become creative learners, who have a web of knowledge about the great artists of the world. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations. Children will have embedded the key art and design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art.  

Every Child Is An Artist Digital Art by Noelle Smith - Pixels

Art & DT weeks

The weeks are as follows:

Week 1 commencing 23.10.23

Week 2 commencing 13.11.23

Week 3 commencing 05.02.24

Week 4 commencing 18.03.23

Week 5 commencing 20.05.24

Week 6 commencing 08.07.24


Art Long term sequence:

DT Long Term Sequence