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Art and Design

Art and Design





At Rood End Primary, it is our intent to provide children with the skills, experiences and knowledge necessary for them to express themselves as artists and designers. We want them to have ambition for the future and to grow up wanting to be illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, curators, architects, printmakers and more. The Art curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst allowing them to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Children will learn about themselves as artists and designers and, through studying a range of artists, they will be able to show an understanding and appreciation for individuality, diversity and creativity. As pupils progress, they gain a deeper understanding of Art and Design through history, and how it contributes to culture and creativity in the world. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the Art and Design National Curriculum but to prepare them for the possibilities and opportunities of later life.




There are a minimum of 20 art and design lessons taught in every year group each year. To ensure high standards of teaching and learning we implement a curriculum that is progressive using and adapting the ‘Kapow’ primary scheme of work which follows the Art National Curriculum.  The scheme has been written by experts and is designed to give children every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests and express their ideas and thoughts about the world. The curriculum supports children to meet the national curriculum end of key stage attainment targets.

Children have the opportunity to learn and practise art skills discreetly in the ‘Art and design skills’ and ‘Formal elements of art’ units. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity throughout the years allowing children to revise and build on their previous learning. The curriculum develops children’s knowledge and understanding of artists and art movements. Lessons are mainly practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with all pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas.

Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all children and opportunities to stretch children’s learning are available when required.

To support teachers in their own varied artistic abilities there are multiple teacher and pupil videos to view. Children can see art techniques modelled by experts which will ensure the delivery of Art in our school is of the highest quality and pupil progression is of a high standard. The teacher videos develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD.




Children leave Rood End Primary School equipped with a range of art techniques, knowledge, skills, confidence and the creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art and Design learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.

The expected impact of following our Art and Design curriculum is that children will:

  • Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
  • Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.
  • Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Art and design.