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Curriculum Intent


At Thomas Eaton, we believe that Art and Design is an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our Art and Design curriculum equips pupils to successfully think, work and communicate like an artist. They are inspired to acquire knowledge, as an artist, to enable them to skilfully attempt and apply their understanding. 


We aim for pupils to revisit key artistic disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, 3D and collage with increasing degrees of challenge and complexity as they progress from EYFS to Year 6. As well as providing clear instruction about art techniques and methods, our teaching activities are designed to develop pupils’ oracy and vocabulary skills to enable them to use artistic language meaningfully when talking about their work and the work of others. We encourage pupils to articulate their thinking and reflections so we can understand which aspects of artistic development they may require additional teaching in and reshape teaching to support this.   


The Art and Design curriculum is planned to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum so 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 

Progression documents