Through Art and Design we encourage children to express themselves in the most creative way possible. We ensure that children experience a wide range of opportunities to enable them to develop their skills and techniques, using a variety of materials. At St. Matthew’s we hold an annual ‘Take one picture day’, where children study the work of various artists and try to adopt their style to create their own masterpieces.

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. 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, 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.


Art educations aims to allow pupils to:

  • 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 their own as well as others’ 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

Please see each of the below ‘tabs’ to check out the aims of study for each curriculum band.