Reas Lane, Marton cum Grafton, York, YO51 9QB

01423 322355

Marton-cum-Grafton Primary School

Proud to be part of the Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Art and Design


Art and Design 

Teaching of art  is based on the aims and purposes outlined in the National Curriculum and has fidelity to the academic discipline of art.  Our Values driven curriculum, creates an enabling ethos where our values shape the sense of who we are.


Art, craft and design give children the opportunity to explore their creativity in an engaging, inspiring and challenging way. The children become equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.


The art curriculum has been designed with three formal taught units per year group: drawing, painting and sculpture. Each of these include components, which extend beyond the requirements of the national curriculum. These units build progressively, year on year, by deepening the children’s understanding of the formal key elements of art: line, shape, form, tone, colour, texture and pattern.


We have carefully designed a knowledge-rich curriculum, underpinned by a progression of knowledge and skills. The knowledge and skills build incrementally and at age-appropriate levels to ensure that, by the end of Key Stage 2, children know, understand and apply the key elements of art across drawing, painting and sculpture.


Our curriculum is guided by the following academic fingerprint:


Children will:

  • Become fluent with techniques and media across the formal elements of art in drawing, painting and sculpture
  • Can experiment and make informed artistic choices
  • Can reflect upon and evaluate their own artwork and that of others, thinking about their own artistic response to a given stimulus



Through Expressive Arts children are encouraged to explore different media, explore how media can be combined to create different effects and develop a range of skills and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children are given daily access to a range of creative opportunities and enjoy our carefully planned and well-resourced creative areas both indoors and out. Children are encouraged to create on both small and large scales and our outdoor environment supports this well. Children are encouraged to develop their communication and language skills through talking about their creations and sharing these with others to build confidence and raise self-esteem. 


By the end of their time with us, we want pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We want our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment. 


Elevate Progression Map