Art and Design

Art and Design  Curriculum Intent and Thingwall Primary School
The intent of our Art and Design curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils;
  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture 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
  • are provided visits to local art galleries and museums to enrich artistic understanding
  • work with visiting local artists sharing expertise
Purpose of study is taken from the National Curriculum.
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.
Implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum
The aims of the National Curriculum form the basis of our Art and Design Intent and to achieve this we have organised the areas of Art and Design across each year group onto a yearly planner which also  shows progressive vocabulary, the area of art we are focusing on, the featured artists and any cross curricular links.  Art sessions are delivered weekly or in blocks depending upon the year group or the Art focus. There is a wide range of art materials and tools available and ipads for using Purple Mash for online Art  programmes. The Teaching Staff also have a Thingwall Primary School progression grid to support  key stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 to use the correct terminology, have the same ambitious expectations and have example links to websites to support the pedagogy and the skills of the teachers. Key Stage 2 children begin a Sketch Book in Year 3 that follows them up to Year 6 as a record of their work.

Art in the Early Years Foundation Stage


Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, Art is delivered through the area of Expressive Arts and Design: Creating with Materials. The children work towards the Early Learning Goals as set out in the EYFS through continuous provision and adult-directed activities.


During continuous provision the children have access to a wide range of materials, tools and resources.  The children are encouraged to work independently, safely and co-operatively, to explore and experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function. The children are challenged to use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. Adult-directed activities are used to model a range of materials, tools and techniques.  The role of the practitioner is to support and challenge children’s thinking through observation, participation, role-modelling, making suggestions and using the appropriate vocabulary. The children are challenged to develop their skill progression as they explore and experiment with a variety of materials, tools and techniques.


Assessment is completed at the End of an Art Unit using the National Curriculum Subject Content and the outcomes. Children are assessed as age related, above or below age related.  Our Medium Term Planning provides an End of Unit Assessment opportunity and Inquiry Based Questions to be raised. 
We hope to develop and nurture our children's curiosity by not only following the National Curriculum, but also by exploring their questions and interest to hopefully develop a love, passion and appreciation for Art and Design.  Our curriculum and wider educational opportunities are carefully planned, to provide 'Art and Design capital'. For instance, using local art galleries and artists and  collaborating with other local primary and secondary schools.