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Art & Design


Our Curriculum Intent

Our Art & Design curriculum aims to:

At St Mary's Catholic Primary school we intend that children should master Art and Design to make use of art effectively in their everyday lives. 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 them to use art and design across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.

How is our Art & Design curriculum planned?

Early Years Provision

Activities and experiences for pupils will be based on the areas of learning and development, as outlined in the DfE’s ‘Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’. All activities will adhere to the objectives set out in this framework. In particular, Art and Design -based activities will be used to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding through Expressive Arts and Design.



Years 1 to 6 Provision

Art and Design  is taught as a discrete subject although links are made with other subjects where possible. Our school follows 'Kapow' scheme of work which coverages  the KS1 and KS2 Art & Design curriculum as well as incorporating SMSC development. We have categorised our content into five areas:

  • Making skills

  • Generating  Ideas

  • Formal Elements

  • Knowledge of artists

  • Evaluating

All teachers adapt this planning according to the needs of the pupils in their class including those with SEND (see further details below).          




Topic Overview:

Click here for overview

Progression Framework:

Click here for framework

National Curriculum Documents:

Click here for National Curriculum Document

EYFS Early Years Framework :

Click here for EYFS  Framework: Please see section Expressive Arts and Design pages 114 to 126 


Useful Websites:

Click here for a list of useful websites