Marlborough Primary School

Art & Design Technology



Marlborough Primary School

Art and Design




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.


At Marlborough Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.  



  • 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 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.
  • EYFS:  To safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.





Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.


  • The Cornerstones curriculum is used when planning to ensure all skills are taught
  • Parent workshops allow children and parents to work together creating 3D pieces
  • The work of famous artists are explored to enhance the children's learning  
  • The children's learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child-initiated and adult-directed activities.

They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials.
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas.
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose.
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary.




  • Children are supported and challenged appropriately.
  • Information is gathered through pupil questionnaires; highlighting strengths and achievement and any improvements, knowledge and skills that still need to be embedded.
  • Staff voice allows the school to develop skills further and share ‘what has gone well’ as well as areas for further development.


Children in the Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using the school’s tracker system – o track. Age-related expectation levels (Reception profile) are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.