Art at Cusgarne

Art is an important foundation subject as it enriches the children’s experience in school. It encourages self-expression, imagination and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. At Cusgarne School, we also believe that learning about and through art fosters transferable skills and boost overall academic achievement, leading to better future work opportunities, enhanced well-being, and self-esteem. 

At Cusgarne School we teach art according to the following National Curriculum expectations for art and design at EYFS, KS1 and KS2.


EYFS Expectations:

Here are the Early learning goals that link most closely to the Art and Design curriculum:

Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and Using Media and Materials)

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


Expressive Arts and Design (Being Imaginative)

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


End of KS1 Expectations

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.


End of KS2 Expectations

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;
  •       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];
  •       about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Please refer to our curriculum progression map below, which comprehensively shows the progression of art knowledge, skills and concepts for the children from year 1 to year 6.



Our intent is to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing, weaving and patterns. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. Children will also develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development. This progression grid can support any subject leader or teacher of art to ensure progression of skills and knowledge.





Our Art and Design curriculum is based on Twinkl’s PlanIt scheme and delivers a structure and sequence of lessons which ensure we have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. Each unit of work has a clear progression of skills and knowledge, and teachers assess that outcomes have been met. Each key stage focuses on different themes to ensure continued interest in the subject as well as acquiring new knowledge. The lessons develop the children’s techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Our children are encouraged to see how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.





Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school. Teachers have higher expectations and more quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways. All children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified. Children improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world. Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.





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