Art and Design

Art and Design Curriculum

Building on the Framework for Excellence, our Art and Design Curriculum has six core principles.


Regardless of their starting point, the curriculum allows pupils to produce creative work, to explore ideas and develop the confidence to excel in a broad range of artistic techniques. All pupils will learn about artists and cultures from across history and across the world.


Taking the National Curriculum as its starting point, the curriculum is sequenced from Early Years to Key Stage 3 and beyond so that pupils gradually develop and build their practical knowledge, including the formal elements, the use of a range of materials in two and three dimensions, and the techniques required to produce artwork. Theoretical and disciplinary knowledge is sequenced so that pupils build a deeper understanding across key stages.


All pupils will be explicitly taught about the formal elements – colour, form, line, pattern, shape, texture and tone – and other aspects of art knowledge in small steps. Pupils will revisit, develop and apply their skills with increasing technical proficiency.


Our art curriculum is designed to give teachers flexibility, allowing them to select and adapt resources for their specific context. Schools are encouraged to bring it to life for their pupils by supplementing it with artists from their local area. In Key Stage 3, schools should select outcomes, materials and skills focus for units based on local context and teacher expertise.


The Art curriculum provides children with the opportunity to explore historical and contemporary artists and artworks, who represent their own and others’ cultures, values and beliefs. We will explore the context in which the art was produced, and consider the full breadth of human experience and expression through art.

Education with Character

We aim to build and maintain pupils’ confidence in their ability as artists to create. The curriculum will develop aspects of character such as resilience, confidence and risk taking. Through the curriculum, pupils are given opportunities to share, reflect and learn about each other’s experiences whilst recognising the things we have in common.

Art and Design in the Early Years

Art Long term Plan

Progression in Disciplinary Knowledge

Progression in Practical Knowledge

Progression in Theoretical Knowledge


Our Art and Design curriculum standards

Our Art & Design curriculum has three strands:

Practical Knowledge (Substantive/Vertical Concepts)

Practical knowledge includes all the things that pupils need to know in order to produce art. It includes:

• Formal elements (colour, form, line, pattern, shape, texture, tone).

• Techniques (drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D sculpture, textiles and photography/digital art)

• Use of materials (including clay, paint, pencils, charcoal, fabric).

These have each been sequenced so that pupils are explicitly taught aspects in small steps, allowing pupils to gradually build their understanding and mastery of practical knowledge.

Theoretical Knowledge (Substantive)

Theoretical knowledge includes the history of art. In the Art & Design Curriculum, a range of artists have been selected to not only illustrate quality examples of the practical knowledge outline above, but to build pupils’ knowledge of the diversity of artists (their backgrounds, inspiration, and approaches). They will also examine how artists have inspired each other, and how artists are connected within the paradigms of Traditional, Modern and Contemporary art.

Disciplinary Knowledge

Disciplinary knowledge asks the questions that are at the heart of the subject:

• What is art? Pupils learn about the diversity of artistic outcomes, the purpose and the meaning of art, and how it has been part of much of human history.

• What do artists do? Pupils learn about how artists are influenced by their own contexts and worldviews, and present this worldview through their art; they can choose to accurately represent the world around them, choose to express themselves and/or challenge others’ worldviews through their art

• What inspires artists? Pupils learn about the range of ways that artists – and that pupils as artists – can be inspired.


Through the teaching of Art and Design, our pupils at Bank End Primary Academy will be engaged, inspired and challenged while being equipped with knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, crafts and design. Our curriculum at Bank End Primary Academy provides all pupils with the opportunity to produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences in a variety of ways. These opportunities allow all pupils to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpting and other art, crafts and design techniques. The curriculum provides pupils with opportunities to evaluate creative works using the language of art, craft and design. They will learn about great artists, craft makers and designers while developing their understanding of historical and cultural developments of different art forms. Throughout their time in school, we ensure our pupils have the opportunity to visit art galleries and sculpture parks to enhance their experiences of the curriculum, and to show appreciation for artists and sculptors both locally and nationally.


Our Art and Design curriculum will be implemented through:

· A cycle of lessons which carefully plans for progression and depth.

· Learning objectives focusing on learning and building up required skills.

· The use of knowledge organisers outlining knowledge and vocabulary all children must master.

· The use of low stakes quiz and retrieval practises which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory

· Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner

· Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience

· Children will sketch and explore medias and their uses in a sketchbook which will progress through their school years, allowing children to see their own progression and reflect on their prior work and learning.

· In the moment feedback is provided verbally and children are encouraged to evaluate their own work through self-assessment and the work of others through peer-assessment.


Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If pupils are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
  • Opportunities for work to be displayed beyond the classroom such as on the corridor
  • Pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing, and evaluations of work.

Our Art curriculum is also planned in a way that promotes cultural capital. All children will learn the same skills and have the opportunity to realise their talents and develop their character through self-expression. Throughout their time at Bank End all pupils will be exposed to a wide range of experiences that will enhance their skills development. This will be delivered through visits to the local gallery and local sculpture park as well as guest speakers and workshops within school where possible.


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