Art and Design

Woodloes Primary School Art and Design Curriculum


At Woodloes Primary School, the intent of our art and design curriculum is to give pupils the skills, curiosity, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide immersive opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of others. There is a great pleasure to be derived from Art and Design, and, through deeper understanding, pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity.


We believe that the learning of Art and Design provides a valuable educational, as well as social and cultural experiences for children of all ages. Pupils develop life skills and have the chance to extend their knowledge of a practitioner’s works. 


The National Curriculum for Art and Design 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 developments of their art forms.


Our aim is to provide an art and design curriculum that enables the children to produce creative work, exploring ideas, and recording their own, personal experiences. Our children progress through the school to build upon their skills and become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. They will develop the necessary skills to evaluate and analyse creative works and learn about great artists, craft makers and designers.


The Kapow Primary Scheme is used to plan and teach art and design sessions; ensuring full coverage of  content of the National Curriculum.  Each session identifies clearly the skills and knowledge to be taught which enables progression, both throughout the year, as well as throughout the school.


At Woodloes Primary School, we are part of the Community Academies Trust (CAT). Being a community focused school, we use the knowledge and expertise from our friends and family within the local community to enhance the children’s curriculum. We take every opportunity to develop links with outside agencies and experts, in order to enrich our Art and Design provision and to enable all children, to flourish and become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.


The impact of the curriculum, or subject areas, is the outcomes for the pupils. It includes what the pupils say and do, their attitude towards their learning in the different curriculum areas, and how they use and apply the knowledge and skills they acquire.


Assessments linked to art and design take place throughout the academic year, and children are assessed against age related expectations by their class teacher. The results of these assessments are recorded are used to inform judgements linked to attainment and progress, and assessments linked to age related expectations are shared with parents/carers in the end of year report.


The impact of the art and design curriculum at Woodloes Primary School is assessed through subject specific monitoring and participation in the deep dive process. Accompanying evidence is provided through pupil interviews, lesson visits, teachers questionnaires, work trawls, learning walks and the analysis of data.

Long-Term Plan

Art and Design Long Term Plan.pdf

Skills and Knowledge Progression

Art and Design Progression of Skills and Knowledge.docx.pdf