Shelley Primary School

Art Curriculum Statement


Art & Design Statement


At Shelley Primary School art forms an important part of the curriculum. It is our intent for the art curriculum to engage, inspire and challenge pupils; equipping them with the knowledge and skills to create their own works of art, craft and design. At Shelley we believe the art curriculum provides pupils with valuable educational, as well as social and cultural experiences at all ages. While primarily a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection, and pupils should acquire the ability to make informed critical responses to their own work and that of others.


Shelley Primary School follows the revised National Curriculum for Art and Design Technology. 

Early Years

During the Early Years young children will be given the opportunity to explore colour, texture, shape and form in two and three dimensions. The children will have access to a wide range of construction, collage, painting and drawing activities, using appropriate tools and art materials. Children will be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to design and make products. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials, such as clay, to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. They will also learn about the work of a range of artists, craftspeople and designers. All children will use a sketchbook to record ideas and observations.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 the children will continue to improve their mastery of art and design techniques by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques, using a wider range of art materials. They will record their observations and ideas in sketchbooks and use them to review and evaluate their work. Children will also learn about the work of a range of artists, architects and designers.


The impact of the Shelley Primary School art curriculum is evident through: • The progression in art that is evident and is assessed through analysis of work in pupils’ sketchbooks against the Shelley Primary Progression of Skills document and National Curriculum ‘I can’ statements, as well as, displays and photos. • The enthusiasm and enjoyment for art, that all pupils experience and comment on during lessons and in response to pupil questionnaires • The development of pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art.