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The Intent, Implementation and Impact of our ART curriculum


Our Approach (Intent)


We believe that the purpose of art education is to give children the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form, to fire their imagination and to express who they are through differing media.

Art is important because it can stimulate creativity and imagination. It is important for children, because it enables them to expand their ability to interact with the world around them:


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Pablo Picasso

Aims and Objectives


For Staff:

  • to promote a confident, positive attitude towards the learning of Art and Design
  • to promote confidence and competence in the skills of using materials, tools and techniques
  • to provide opportunities for the development of Art and Design skills where relevant across the curriculum 


For Children:

  • to enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
  • to develop creativity and imagination through a range of art activities;
  • to improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
  • to increase their awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and within different cultures;
  • to develop confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;
  • to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of Art and Design and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.


How Art and Design is implemented:


Currently we: 


  • teach Art and Design as part of our half-termly or termly topics
  • implement an Art and Design curriculum throughout the whole school, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
  • teach the skills and knowledge progressively, from year group to year group.
  • provide opportunities to experience Art and Design both inside and outside the classroom



Please click on the PDF to see our Art Subject Knowledge History Roadmap:





Where can you see the impact of our Art and Design curriculum?



  • Photographs and evidence of Art and Design related work in Learning Journeys
  • Classroom and corridor displays
  • The range and progression of Art and Design activities featured in our Topic planning.
  • Assessments of the children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught.
  • Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Moderation staff meetings where Learning Journey books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for dialogue between teachers.
  • Children’s annual school reports.