Art & Design

“Every child is an artist.” – Pablo Picasso

At Linthorpe, our Art & Design curriculum fosters a passion for art and encourages children to become creative learners. Our children are taught to experiment, explore and create while simultaneously developing core knowledge and key skills. Our curriculum is purposefully designed in order to progress and develop children’s skills in 4 main areas: drawing, painting and mixed media, sculpture and 3D, and craft and design. At Linthorpe, we believe all children have great creative potential and staff are focussed on cultivating, nurturing and encouraging the unique artistic talents of all pupils.

Every child at Linthorpe, enjoys a high-quality, vocabulary and knowledge-rich curriculum. To support the teaching of art and its place in the world, children learn about famous art movements, artists and designers that have had a profound impact on the world of art and design. Our ‘daily diet’ of Cultural Capital further exposes children to a multitude of artists and renowned pieces of art.

Expressive Arts and Design             ELG: Creating with Materials

Children at the expected level of development will:
Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.
Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.

National Curriculum Objectives


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.


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.

Children are encouraged to develop a critical eye by discussing and evaluating their own work and the work of other artists. Using the inspiration of other artists’ work, children feel empowered to make artistic choices in their own designs and creations.  A percentage of our art curriculum is taught by a specialist art teacher. This expertise enthuses our children and gives them a safe space to explore their creativity.

Our Art & Design Curriculum follows the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum and is supported by the Kapow Art and Design scheme, which supports a structured, progressive and well sequenced approach to this creative subject.

“I think everyone enjoys art in our school because it is fun. The artwork I make doesn’t have to look like the person’s sitting next to me. It’s yours and everyone different ideas.”

Year 4 pupil

“I like the art gallery because there are so many different paintings and works of art. Some people used a paintbrush and some used pencils. My class printed with leaves and potatoes! It was so much fun!” 

Year 4 pupil


Please see below to view a selection of our curriculum planning.

Art & Design Curriculum Overview

Art & Design Big Ideas

Art & Design PPA Big Ideas

Art & Design PPA Curriculum Overview

Y1 Drawing Knowledge Organiser

Y2 Drawing Knowledge Organiser

Y3 Drawing Knowledge Organiser

Y4 Drawing Knowledge Organiser

Y5 Drawing Knowledge Organiser

Y6 Drawing Knowledge Organiser