Oakley Cross Primary School

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Curriculum – Art & Design

Art & Design



At Oakley Cross Primary we want children to develop a love of Art and Design. Our curriculum intends to equip our children with a variety of skills and knowledge of different artists, designers and craftspeople. Our main goal is to create confident children who are inspired to create their own individual pieces knowing, ‘How can I express myself through art?’ 


Children will learn a range of skills and techniques, using a range of mediums, more than once throughout their time here at Oakley Cross Primary. As a spiral curriculum every time they revisit a skill or technique, the study will be at a greater depth, allowing them to develop.

Skills and Techniques


Throughout EYFS children have continued provision in their Creative and Malleable Areas. Here opportunities arise for self-expression using a variety of media both indoor and outdoor. For further information please see the EYFS curriculum

KS1 & KS2

During Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 at Oakley Cross Primary School, children will learn and practice a range of artistic techniques:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Collage
  • Textiles
  • Sculpture
  • Printing


Throughout all projects, drawing and sketching will be a common thread and will be continuously developed.
Pupils will explore; line, tone, shape and shade, throughout their school career.


In Art and Design lessons, children will use a range of media to create their art;

  • Pencils – drawing and coloured
  • Felt pens
  • Charcoal and pastels
  • Clay
  • Paint; eg. watercolours, acrylic, powder
  • Ink
  • Modelling
  • Digital
  • Wire
  • Mod roc 

Learning Links

Throughout KS1 and KS2 children will often make cross curricular links with their art projects by learning from artists, designers and craftspeople who live/lived locally as well as those who live internationally. Children will learn about what inspires the artists and what techniques they use to create their artwork. 

Local Links

In addition, at Oakley Cross Primary we make use of local resources such as Art Galleries and Museums and being involved with the Auckland Project. During their time here at Oakley Cross, children will meet real artists and see real art in order to inspire them .


Our Art and Design curriculum will help our pupils become competent and confident artists, who can use a range of materials, skills and techniques. They will have a sound knowledge about a rich variety of artists, designers and craftspeople inspiring them to express themselves.


See below for art overview and an example of units of work.

Art Overview

Grayson Perry Unit Plan

Matisse Unit Plan