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Art and Design


Our Art and Design Curriculum aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to create and develop their own works of art. Our curriculum is designed to give children every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests and express their ideas and thoughts about the world around them.

Our Art and Design Curriculum works to ensure children meet the end of Key Stage attainment targets and has been developed to cover the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression framework.


 Our Art and Design Curriculum is design with four core strands that run throughout. These are:-

  • Making Skills
  • Formal Elements (e.g. line, shape, tone, texture, pattern and colour)
  • Knowledge of Artists
  • Evaluating

These core skills are revisited in every unit of work. Through our Formal Elements of Art and Design, children will have the opportunity to learn and practise these skills discretely. The knowledge and skills from these teachings are then applied throughout other units of work. These key skills are revisited again and again with increased complexity. This allows children to revise and build on their previous learning.

Our Art and Design Curriculum develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements. Our units of work scaffold and support essential age-appropriate learning. Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes are unique to the child.

Lessons are practical and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with sketchbooks used to document ideas. Knowledge organisers for each unit support children in building a base of knowledge in recalling key facts and vocabulary.

Strong subject knowledge is vital to be able to deliver a high-quality Art and Design Curriculum. We have a clear cycle of CPD for staff to ensure that they feel fully skilled to deliver our Art and Design Curriculum.

Lessons are timetabled in unit blocks to ensure that learning is closely connected and that children can immerse themselves in their Art and Design learning. We have a dedicated and well-resourced Art and Design room where all lessons take place.


Our Art and Design Curriculum is designed so that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art and design, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey.

The impact of our Art and Design curriculum is constantly monitored through assessment, learning walks and pupil discussions. Each unit is assessed against key learning aims.

Overall, we intend that the impact of our Art and Design curriculum is that children will: -

  • Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
  • Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.
  • Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
  • Meet the end of Key Stage expectations outlines in the National Curriculum for Art and Design.