Art and Design at Pittington

At Pittington, Art and Design forms an important part of the curriculum. We believe art education stimulates creativity and imagination whilst giving each child unique opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. Therefore, we believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum lessons. Below you will find an overview of what your child will be expected to learn in each of the Key Stages.              

Within the Art & Design curriculum, we explore:









Sketchbook development

Along with our own planning for topics and themes, we are currently trying out an exemplar curriculum from Access Art:  a creative community to support visual arts teaching and learning.  This website is loaded with plenty of inspirational resources and projects to nurture creativity created by artists.  If you’re interested in recreating any of our lessons back at home then you can access lots of free resources here:

Early Years

Exploring and Using Media and Materials: This is how children experiment with media and materials finding out about their properties and modifying and manipulating them. It includes exploring sounds, patterns, movement and different tools and techniques. 



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. Children will use technology to produce images. They will also learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. All children will use a sketchbook to record ideas and observations.

Key Stage 2

The children will learn to improve their mastery of art and design techniques by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. They will experience using a wider range of materials. Children will use technology to produce images, patterns and decorative pieces of work. They will record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate improvements.  They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Progression in art across the school will be assessed through the pupils’ sketch books, which pass with the child to the next year group, displays and photographic evidence. A level of ability and attitude to Art is recorded on the child’s annual report to parents.