Curriculum Intent

We offer a structure and sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The intent is to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing, textiles. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. Children will also develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development. This progression grid can support any subject leader or teacher of art to ensure progression of skills and knowledge.

Curriculum Implementation

The curriculum plan comprises six half-termly units of work for each group from Year 1 to Year 6. The units are based on the areas of experience of Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Textiles and 3D.

Each key stage focuses on different themes to ensure continued interest in the subject as well as acquiring new knowledge. The lessons we have suggested develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Children should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation and others. They should do this by learning about a range of significant artists and craftspeople throughout history and their impact on the wider world.

Curriculum Impact

Art and design is used to support and enrich all areas of the curriculum. Teachers think, plan and work creatively by making arts based links and promoting and responding to the pupil voice.

All children learn to use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes relevant to each discipline.  

Through their creative learning children will develop essential life skills: to collaborate, cooperate, persevere, and be resourceful. Children will learn to evaluate their own and others work and verbalise their opinions with confidence. They will extend this to analysis of the work of significant artists and craftspeople. 

Curriculum Progression Map