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Art and Design

Art and Design 


At Stubbins Primary School, we believe that teaching and learning in art and design is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. It is designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, and express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. Our Art and design scheme of work fully supports pupils to meet the national curriculum end of key stage attainment targets.

We aim to:

  • help children develop an understanding and enjoyment of art and design;
  • give children the ability to observe, investigate, respond to and record the world around them through a growing variety of forms and media;
  • develop children’s ideas and skills through the use of their sketchbooks;
  • use a range of tools, media and processes;
  • instil an understanding and respect of the work of artists, crafts people and designers and apply this knowledge in pupils’ own work;
  • provide a broad and balanced range of art activities and show progression within these experiences;
  • give children to opportunity to study historical, cultural and religious art; and
  • use art to extend and enrich other curriculum areas.

At our school, art and design offers opportunities for children to:

  • develop their drawing techniques such as shading, perspective and drawing from different viewpoints;
  • acquire and enhance certain skills and features, and gather information for use on a larger piece of work;
  • record details about the item being drawn or sketched for future reference;
  • develop a sense of enjoyment and pride in their ability to create;
  • nurture creativity and imagination through designing and making; and
  • develop an interest and understanding of the ways in which people from the past and present have used and combined materials to create art in its many forms.



At Stubbins, we follow the Kapow Art scheme of work and our school’s curriculum mapping for art. Our art and design curriculum is designed with four strands that run throughout.

These are:

  • Generating ideas
  • Using sketchbooks
  • Makings skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
  • Knowledge of artists
  • Evaluating and analysing

Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the national curriculum, are also woven throughout units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Units in each year group are organised into four core areas:

  • Drawing
  • Painting and mixed-media
  • Sculpture and 3D
  • Craft and design

Our Progression of skills and knowledge shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage. It also shows how knowledge builds in the formal elements of art. Creative risk taking and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique. Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Differentiated guidance ensures that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils by providing a highly visual record of the key knowledge and techniques learned, encouraging recall of skills processes, key facts and vocabulary.

Wherever possible children will be given opportunities to visit local places of interest, museums and meet or work will with local artists. All children will have their own sketchbook in which to work both in and out of the classroom. These should be personal to each individual child so that they can feel a sense of pride when working in their sketchbooks and take ownership of them.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage we provide opportunities for children to:

  • develop a curiosity and interest in the designed world through investigating, talking and asking questions about familiar objects;
  • develop confidence and enthusiasm through frequent exploration of media to create and develop objects;
  • construct with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources, exploring colour, manipulating materials to achieve a planned effect; and
  • extend their vocabulary through talking and explaining about their designing and creating activities.


  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their experiences and imagination.
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • Learn about the work of 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.


  • Develop techniques, including control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • Create and use sketchbooks to record observations, to complete artist research, to complete designs and to review and revisit ideas.
  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay).
  • Learn about historical and contemporary artists, architects and designers and how their work relates to and is influenced by society.



Kapow Primary’s art and design curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve.

Pupils will leave primary school equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their art and design learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond. Children will:

  • Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
  • Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.
  • Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Art and design.

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