Art and Design

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity, which is something that we want all children to be able to be. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress throughout their time at Duke Street, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The National Curriculum for art and design aims and Duke Street aims are 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.

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to 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 should be 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.


Throughout each year at Duke Street, each class will follow a process, where they will develop their skills and produce amazing work. Each year will start with the children learning and developing the basics skills needed to be successful, from shading and tone to mixing colours with different textures. Once they have mastered the basic skills, the children will then focus on a particular artist. They will develop their understanding of the artist themselves, their work, and their contributions over their lives.

Each topic taught will be taught in the same, systematic way, where the children will develop their understanding of the artwork which they will need to produce, include the techniques needed. Then they will look at generating ideas to produce their own. Once they have decided on their designs that incorporate the techniques needed, they will produce their artwork. When they have completed their artwork, they will then evaluate their work, to make sure that it meets their expectations and that they have covered the necessary skills needed to be successful.

We really do hope that the children enjoy Art at Duke Street, and that they find a passion for being creative.

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