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Intent - we are creating Artists by...


We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and Design. We believe that Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge our children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As children progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. Pupils in our school sometimes have a limited knowledge of a range of artists and their work. Our curriculum addresses these limitations through clearly identifying artists and vocabulary across our units of work on the long-term plan. Our Art and Design curriculum seeks to inspire and develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists.


Implementation - this is how we teach Art & Design


As a school, and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.

As a school, we have chosen to use a published scheme, Kapow Art and Design Scheme of Work to teach the Art and Design Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2. Kapow Art and Design Scheme of work enables our teachers to deliver creative, inspiring and engaging lessons and provides for progression in skills and knowledge. We are confident that the scheme of work meets the requirements for the National Curriculum for Art and Design and the Expressive Arts and Design section of the Early Years curriculum.



Early Years staff use resources to support the curriculum and the achievement of the Early Learning Goals for Expressive Arts and Design ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative. EYFS pupils are taught in variety of ways through adult-led and supported tasks and child-initiated learning in provision areas. Practitioners will consider the Characteristics of Effective Learning when they are planning, leading or supporting learning. They will explore artworks of various artists each half term.


Key Stage 1

The Kapow Scheme of Work for Art and Design for Key Stage 1 is taught in a block of lessons over the period of approximately two weeks each term.


Key Stage 2

The Kapow Scheme of Work for Art and Design for Key Stage 2 is taught in a block of lessons over the period of approximately two weeks each term.


 Impact - this is what they have learnt - the knowledge and skills developed in Art & Design


Children will become creative learners, who have range of knowledge about the great artists of the world. This will be evidenced through their sketch books, final art work and progression grids. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations. Children will have embedded the key Art and Design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art.