The National Curriculum for Art aims 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
  • 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.

At Our Lady’s Bishop Eton Primary School we believe that Art, craft and design embody
some of the highest forms of human creativity and we aim to provide a high-quality art and
design education which engages, inspires and challenges our children, equipping them with
the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and

Using the NSEAD (The National Society for Education in Art and Design) model of teaching
Art: ‘Generating ideas, Making, Knowledge, Evaluation’; we have further refined this process
to include: Immersion, Analysis, Skills Development, Planning, Making & Evaluation.
In every year group, children will learn about a variety of artists and the artist will underpin
the style of art the children will study. As the children 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.


In Reception children follow the – educational programmes set out in the EYFS Framework 2021. Children learn through exploring the ‘Creating with Materials’ strand of the ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ area of learning, which is underpinned by Communication and Language and Physical development. Children are immersed in experiences and activities through a mixture of play based and adult led tasks that ignite their interest for Art and Design and Technology. They explore using a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function and share their creations, explaining the process they have used.