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Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School

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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.



The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: • Produce creative work, exploring ideas and recording their experiences • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpting 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



The art curriculum is carefully and coherently sequenced to enable our children to develop a growing knowledge of the themes outlined above. Pupils’ knowledge builds towards clearly defined end points so everyone knows what we expect our pupils to achieve by the end of each topic, each year and each key stage. To meet the educational needs of our school community we have selected the following core knowledge concepts as a focus for our teaching. These are explored in increasing depth as pupils move through the school.


  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Learn about a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines and making links to their own work
  • To use art books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

In Reception class art is taught as part of the Expressive Arts and Design area of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Further details of how the Early Years curriculum is organised can be found on our Early Years policy.

In Years 1 to 6 art is taught as a discrete subject, though meaningful links are made with other subjects in our curriculum for example in History, and Design Technology. The topics we teach are outlined in the curriculum map for art (see Appendix 1). This is published on our website.


To support high quality knowledge rich lessons, the school has purchased the Kapow Primary Art and Design Scheme. All teaching materials are adapted to meet the requirements of our Christian vision and curriculum intent.

Click below to view our Art Curriculum:

Click below to view our Art Progression Grid: