Art Curriculum Intent Statement


At Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum which is fully inclusive to every child. Art provides children with opportunities to develop and extend their skills and gives them the opportunity to express their individual ideas, interests and thoughts.  

Through our school vision, we strive to have children who ‘have a passion for life-long learning’ and ‘curiosity’ to explore different art forms and develop a more rigorous understanding of art. We want our children to challenge their thinking and know that possibilities are endless by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. 

Art in our school is about engaging, inspiring and challenging pupils by exposing them to high quality artists, architects and designers. The staff at Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore different materials and art forms.

We aim to immerse our children in different cultures through art to aid their knowledge and understanding. Understanding what it is to be British and the values of our nation are central to our work and through art, we intend to play a role in this by developing a knowledge and appreciation of the traditions of British artists and the ways in which art has been central to our culture throughout history.


The national curriculum for art 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.


In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in art, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art is taught as part of a half-termly topic focusing on knowledge and skills stated in 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England and, ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

At Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School we ensure that art is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. The art curriculum at Dilton Marsh C of E School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills to be taught in each key stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using PlanBee and our progression of knowledge and skills documents.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a  combination of adult directed and independent activities.

  • Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them
  • They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • 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. 

Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught to:

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • 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 are 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]
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.


Art will develop an understanding and respect of culture and history, both in relation to the children individually, and in relation to ethnicities from across the world. They will also be able to articulate the part British art plays in establishing our national identity and enhancing our culture.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through moderation in staff meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for dialogue between teacher’s to understand their class’s work. Learning walks will also be completed where pupil’s will be interviewed about their learning (pupil voice).

Children in Early Years Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design. Age related expectation levels are reported at the end of the year.