Art & Design

Curriculum Development

Art and Design

At English Martyrs we follow the Primary National Curriculum for Art and Design.

We track our progress as a school through the learning and techniques outlined here for each year group. We track our Design & Technology progress here.

The national curriculum states that : 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. 

Whole school collaborative textiles project

As part of our recovery curriculum we wanted to use creativity and imagination to help the children process and discuss any feelings they had about the pandemic and lockdown.  

Click here to view our gallery of the wonderful pieces of work the children made.



As part of ‘The World in our Hands’, Key Stage 2 investigated the function of buildings within our communities. They learnt about architects throughout history, and choosing one as inspiration, each group had to design and build for a community purpose.

The children learnt about nets of shapes and ways of joining parts of their buildings together before construction began.  Once building work was finished, the town planners were able to link the structures together to create a town.

The children used communication, teamwork and perseverance to complete their task.

The picture shows the Lower KS2 town.