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Curriculum Vision and Art

All of the elements of our curriculum intent statement underpin our teaching of Art. However, Art provides particular opportunities for teaching the following aspects of our intent statement.

Strand 1: In educating to develop wisdom, knowledge and skills we intend to:

i)     having a strongly agreed consensus of the knowledge and skills our pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities later in later life and through this powerfully address social disadvantage

  1. being clear what end points the curriculum is building towards and what pupils need to know to be able to reach those end points
  2. developing a curriculum that is carefully planned and sequenced logically so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards clearly defined end points
  3. ensuring our curriculum meets the specific needs of our community, particularly widening vocabulary and broadening children’s experiences and horizons

through systematically extending their knowledge of the wider world

  1. committing our time and resources to developing teachers and teaching assistants with a highly competent subject knowledge of the areas of the curriculum they teach

x) using assessment well to help pupils embed and use knowledge fluently, check understanding and inform teaching to address any gaps;



  1. identify and support those who are more vulnerable and who may have additional learning and personal needs by
    1. having high expectations and ambition for all our pupils across the range of subjects
    2. developing a curriculum that is successfully adapted to meet the needs of all our pupils, including those with special educational needs or disabilities and those whose first language is not English. This will enable them to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities to apply what they know and can do with increasing fluency and independence


Strand 2            In educating for character development, including hope, aspiration and courageous advocacy we intend to:


a) support the character and moral development of all pupils, giving them aspiration and hope by

  1. developing curriculum opportunities that promote resilience to cope well when things are difficult



Strand 3        In educating for community and living well together we intend to:

  1. planning curriculum opportunities that explore different points of view, enabling pupils to disagree well and practice forgiveness and reconciliation
  2. building a curriculum that fosters a sense of belonging, embracing and celebrating difference.



Strand 4 In educating for dignity and respect we intend to:

  1. plan curriculum opportunities that embrace difference and promote a culture of dignity and respect, thus enabling all pupils to flourish. We aim to do this by
    1. ensuring that our curriculum upholds dignity and values all God’s children so that we are successful in preventing rather than just reacting to stereotyping and prejudice
    2. making sure that the people, events and issues we study enable pupils to understand, respect and celebrate difference and diversity
    3. ensuring our curriculum enables children to cherish themselves as uniquely and wonderfully made, enabling then to form healthy relationships where they respect and offer dignity to others.




Purpose and Aims of Art

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


Organisation of Teaching

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 Map:

Click below to view our Art Progression Grid: