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Executive Summary

Art and Design Vision


Our vision is for all pupils to be engaged and inspired by art and to learn the skills to enable them to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We want our pupils to be able to express their feelings through art and to have the opportunity to use creativity to lead mentally healthy lives, both now and in the future. We want our pupils to learn to appreciate the work of great artists and understand how art and design reflects and contributes to the history, heritage and culture of our nation and beyond.


The vision is achieved by:

  • A high quality art and design curriculum including a wide range of media
  • A clear programme of study which teaches skills progressively
  • Providing opportunities for pupils to create their own work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Providing examples of how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Implementation of the Art and Design Vision


We have chosen to follow the Kapow Art and Design scheme of work because it offers a clear programme of study which meets our vision and enables pupils to meet the National Curriculum end of key stage attainment targets. The scheme gives pupils the opportunity to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.


The scheme of work incorporates five strands which are revisited in every unit:

  • Making skills
  • Formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
  • Knowledge of artists
  • Evaluating


In the ‘Art and Design Skills’ and the ‘Formal elements of Art’ units, pupils have the opportunity to learn and practice skills discretely. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. 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. This is in line with all other St Michael’s subjects.


The Art and Design curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through the ‘Every picture tells a story’ unit and links to artists through practical work.

A wide range of teaching videos supports non-specialist art teachers to improve their subject knowledge and therefore teach with greater confidence and impact on pupil outcomes.


Art in Early Years Foundation Stage


Foundation Stage children investigate Expressive Art and Design through a topic based approach. Some skills are taught directly, but children are also provided with daily opportunities to access creative arts through play and exploration of a range of materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. Children learn to express their ideas and feelings through different media, linked to Curriculum Driver 3 Creativity – Culture and Enrichment and Curriculum Driver 4 – Exploration (Exceptional Explorers).


Art in Key stage 1 and 2


In Key Stages 1 and 2, all classes have a scheduled Art and Design lesson each week every other half term (alternated with Design Technology). Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning, with Key Stage 2 pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas.


Measuring the Impact of the Art and Design Vision and Implementation


Expected impact


Pupils 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




The 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. These discussions help children to talk about their own learning journey and have an understanding of how to improve. This links closely with the St Michael’s Curriculum Driver 2 ‘Learning skills’: Aspiration and attitude. Observations of pupil progress within each lesson are used to plan subsequent teaching, including targeted support and opportunities for working at greater depth. Knowledge organisers are used in each unit to support assessment. Summative assessments are made twice each year (February and June) based on the progression of skills.




Subject leader monitors provision in Art and Design through:

  • observations and learning walks
  • teacher/subject leader discussions
  • pupil voice activities
  • an annual 'deep dive' in Art and Design with the senior leadership team


Monitoring activities and an analysis of attainment and progress are used to formulate the subject leader action plan which is updated twice each year.




Opportunities are taken to embed Art and Design across the curriculum. A whole school Art Week is held each year.