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 At De Lucy, we value Art and Design as it gives children of all abilities opportunities to use their imagination and creativity, promoting careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. It involves children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enable them to communicate what they see, think and feel. The art curriculum at De Lucy has been designed to inspire and challenge pupils by equipping them with the skills and knowledge of art and design to experiment and create their own works of art. Art is not taught in isolation - it is linked to other areas of the curriculum, such as geography and history. By learning and thinking critically about the roles and functions of art and artists, and by seeing the connections with other areas of study, they explore the impact art has had on contemporary life and on different periods and culture. 


Children develop artistic skills each year building on their prior knowledge. In EYFS, children learn to hold a pencil effectively using the tripod grip and begin to show accuracy and care when drawing. They experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function and share and explain their creations. In Key Stage 1 and 2, Art and design is taught over a half-term and may be ‘blocked’ so that the children can learn, utilise and build on ideas and techniques in quick succession; the projects are linked with the geography or history units taught during a given term. In Key Stage 1, the children use a range of materials creatively to design and make products; drawing, painting and sculpting are key skills within most units; they file their outcomes in a folder. In Key Stage 2, pupils experiment with different materials and increase their awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design; pupils have a sketchbook to record drawings and use to revisit work and improve techniques. Across the school, children have opportunities to create works of art, explore ideas and evaluate creative works using the vocabulary of art and design; they have access to a wide variety of art resources and have opportunities to use a range of media.


Fine Motor Skills Children hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases; use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery and begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.


Creating with Materials Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function and then share their creations, explaining the process they have used

Year 1

Funny faces

Firework Paintings
(Jackson Pollock)

Street View
(James Rizzi)

Year 2

Urban Landscapes

Portraits and Poses


Year 3


Prehistoric Pots

Environmental art and artists

Year 4

Mosaic Masters


Warp and Weft

Year 5

Portraits – Holbein


Mixed Media

Year 6

South and Central American Art

(Chris Offili)



 We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Marking to see the learning objective for the skill was met.
  • Moderating pupil’s sketchbooks and folders to understand their class work and progression of skills.
  • Assessing children’s understanding of the topic vocabulary.
  • Pupil voice - interviewing the pupils about their learning.
  • Summative assessment taken at the end of each unit covered.

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, understand and apply the skills and processes studied. Through discussion, children talk enthusiastically about their art lessons and articulate the benefits of learning about artists and being creative. Pupils know how and why it is important to learn and develop creative skills and how art has contributed to history. They use the vocabulary acquired in lessons and can show artistic skills through the work they have produced.

How parents can help

Make art together and talk with your child about their creations; visit an art museum as a family and find out about art as an expression of culture.

The following link has some activities you could try:


The Art Access website has useful information explaining the key concepts that children should learn at different ages whilst at school. The website explains why certain skills like drawing can be taught in a variety of ways and why outcomes may differ. A useful area on the website is under the ’1100 visual arts resources’ tab section. By clicking on the drop down arrow on this section, you can look at key skills like, printmaking, drawing and painting in more depth and see examples of that skill which could help with art work at home.


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Subject leader

Currently led by Mrs Lowdon 

Page updated 16th March 2023


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