Art & Design


Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination and is an important area of children’s learning. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It is expected that during their time at St Matthew’s children are given opportunities to explore and evaluate Artists and communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.

On this page, you will find relevant information about the Art & Design Curriculum at St Matthew’s.

View our Art & Design Policy on our Curriculum Policies page

Download: Art – Curriculum Overview 2023-2024 [PDF]
Download: Art – Curriculum Vision 2023-2024 [PDF]


At our school we intend that children should master Art and Design to such an extent that they can go on to make use of art effectively in their everyday lives. Our children will be taught Art and Design in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use art and design across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.


We follow a broad and balanced Art and Design curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. The art and design lessons are planned to ensure there is a progression of skills and all aspects of the Art and Design are covered. The whole school will complete their Art and Design lessons during a planned art week. Children’s work and pictures of their work will be in their sketch books for reference and assessment. We want to ensure that Art and Design is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using art are always taken.


Our children enjoy and value Art and Design. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Art and Design in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities. Progress in Art and Design is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and evaluating children’s work, in accordance with our Art and Design assessment policy to ensure that progression of skills is taking place.

Namely through:

  • Looking at pupils’ work, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge
  • Observing how they perform in lessons
  • Talking to them about what they know.

The Art and Design curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others. Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the important record of the process leading to them.

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