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Art and design at emsworth primary school



Our Art and Design curriculum aims to inspire every young artist to take pride in their artwork and provides an opportunity for them to demonstrate our core values- Enjoy, Persevere, Succeed. Children are encouraged to explore, experiment and invent their own works of art and design. They will learn how to make their own creative choices and decisions so that their outcomes are knowledge rich, as well as unique to the pupil. They will learn and develop their art and design skills while learning about the formal elements of art through practical activities. They will expand their knowledge of a diverse range of artists, designers, crafts makers and architects from different cultures. They are encouraged to think critically about their own and others’ artwork and understand how art and design reflects and shapes our history and culture.


We follow the Kapow Primary scheme for Art and Design for KS1 and KS2, which uses the National Curriculum attainment targets and covers the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies. Children will be exposed to these strands that run throughout the curriculum and are revisited in every unit:

  • Art and Design Skills (drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, textiles, collage, digital media)
  • Formal Elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
  • Knowledge of artists
  • Evaluating

The skills are practised discretely in the ‘Art and Design Skills’ and ‘Formal Elements’ units. This is based on a spiral curriculum model and therefore skills are revisited with increasing complexity. Units are taught in weekly, hourly lessons or as a block (e.g. an afternoon or day). This is decided by each year group team. This is to allow full involvement in the art curriculum and for cross-curricular links to be made.

This curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists through practical work. The 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 the units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions in their art outcome, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with the use of sketchbooks as a personal document of each pupil’s individual artistic journey. Differentiated guidance is available for each lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.

We provide an extra-curricular art club for pupils each week where the children get to take part in a range of art and design activities. They are able to make choices about what skills they would like to learn and which mediums they would like to use, as well as learning about a range of artists, both local and in the wider world.

We are keen to have links with art in the local community and have previously provided a window display for a local business in Emsworth town centre and have plans for future events involving local artists.

Our Art and Design curriculum, allows children to:

  • Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences
  • Gain proficient ‘Art and Design Skills’
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject specific knowledge
  • Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined by the National Curriculum for Art and Design

Children’s attainment in Art and Design can be assessed lesson to lesson through the teacher monitoring progress against the lesson’s objectives, as well as at the end of a unit through the use of an end of unit quiz and looking back through the knowledge catcher provided for each unit. Every child uses a sketchbook to show the build-up of skills and thought processes and photos of any pieces completed outside of the sketchbook are added to show the complete journey. Children have the time to reflect on their own and others’ artwork throughout the process as well as at the end. Subject monitoring is carried out to ensure the curriculum is being delivered as intended. 


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