Art and Design

Art and Design


At Mickley, we aim to provide an art / DT curriculum which enables all learners to explore the arts and develop their skills over time.  As well as weekly art / DT lessons, we also have art focus weeks which allows the pupils to work with different media and explore the work of famous artists.  We organise art-based trips and provide extra-curricular clubs to further enhance the provision we have to offer.


The purpose of art and design in the National Curriculum is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own pieces of art, craft and design as well as thinking critically about their work. The aims of the National Curriculum are to ensure that all pupils produce creative work; become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other techniques; use the language of art to evaluate and analyse creative works; and know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural developments of their art forms.


At Mickley School art and design is carefully planned so that pupils are given the opportunity to make progress with their art and design skills while also producing art that links to the topics they are studying.

Pupils are given the chance to work with a wide range of materials and are encouraged to be creative and confident during lessons.  Over the time they spend at Mickley, children will learn about famous artists from around the world, including the work of local artists, past and present.  We also have art / DT focus weeks where children get to visit galleries and hold exhibitions to show off their talents.  This give the children a real sense of pride.

All children receive a sketch book at the start of Year 1 and this travels through school with them which allows them to see their progress over time and inspires them to be their best.


Progress in art and design is monitored termly to ensure all pupils meet their full potential.  We were also extremely proud to achieve Silver Artsmark accreditation in January 2020 for our ongoing commitment to the arts.

Art and Design teaching is detailed in our topic webs.

Click here to view the full National Curriculum Programme of Study that we follow for Art and Design.