St Margaret's at Troy Town CE Primary School

Art and Design


Every child is an artist - Pablo Picasso



We follow the National Curriculum alongside Clive Davies’ framework for Art and Design. Art and Design is an important foundation subject which many children find incredibly therapeutic. It also allows children to fully express their individuality and creativity. We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils from EYFS to Year 6 in order to develop an understanding of a range of mediums, styles, tools and techniques – including food technology. Children have the opportunity to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design. We also help children develop an understanding of how art and design has shaped our history and continues to underpin many cultural and creative aspects within our nation. We celebrate art and design through the use of sketch books, projects and school displays.



We plan and implement the teaching of art and design using a combination of the National Curriculum and Clive Davies’ frameworks. The National Curriculum allows us to oversee the progression of learning across Key Stages, while Clive Davies’ framework shows specific differentiation from year to year throughout primary school.

The National Curriculum states:

"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."

Please click the link to view the full National Curriculum document for Art and Design: 

National Curriculum document for Art and Design  


Our art and design curriculum is high quality, well thought-out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills throughout primary school from Reception to Year 6, but also within each unit of work completed. We measure the impact of our art and design curriculum through the use of our Pilgrim Progress Assessment. This allows us to follow a Review, Teach and Assess approach, showing clear and successful progression from the start to the end of each unit of work. The Pilgrim Progress forms the spine of our assessment at St Margaret's at Troy Town School.


Curriculum Examples

Please click the links below to see how, at SMATT, we have been embedding these key skills into the children's education.