Art and Design

Art and Design


Curriculum Design

·        Knowledge is generative – the more you know, the more you can understand

·        Learning is an alteration in long-term memory

·        Vocabulary size relates to academic success, it is crucial to increase the breadth of children’s vocabulary.

Sticky Knowledge

The curriculum lead has worked with subject leads to ensure the curriculums firmly embed the subject concepts in the long term memory which helps them make connections with new learning. When pupils understand concepts, it makes learning ‘stickier’. Concepts allow us to think deeply and to make links and connections to prior knowledge. 

Inclusion and adaptation

The current curriculum is purposefully structured, to provide ambitious and progressive teaching and learning experiences, which build knowledge and understanding for all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged and SEND. Leaders have considered, in detail, how the curriculum for each subject may be adapted to ensure the appropriate and effective inclusion and independence of all pupils.

At Tattenhall Park Primary School, our aim is to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Our curriculum is designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history.

Our children will be taught Art and Design in a way that ensures progression of skills and follows a sequence to build on previous learning.

Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling then to use art and design across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.



As a school, we maintain strong links to the National Curriculum guidelines to ensure all children experience a broad and balanced Art and Design curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow an Art and Design scheme (Kapow) that ensures a progress of skills and covers all aspects of the Art and Design curriculum.

These are:

● Generating ideas

● Using sketchbooks

● Making 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 units fully scaffold and support essential and age appropriate, sequenced learning, and are flexible enough to be adapted to form cross-curricular links. Creativity 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 to the pupil and personal.

Kapow Primary supports teachers’ subject knowledge. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD.


Through the quality first teaching of Art and Design taking place we will see the impact of the subject in different ways. Through pupil voice, children will be able to talk about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Children will be engaged in Art and Design lessons and want to find out more. Work will show that a range of topics are being covered, cross curricular links are made where possible and differentiated work set as appropriate. The school environment will be Art and Design rich through displays, resources and vocabulary etc. Assessments and monitoring will show standards in Art and Design will be high and will match standards in other subject areas.

The expected impact of our Art and Design curriculum is that 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.