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ALL SOULS' CE Primary and Nursery

'a place to grow'

Art and Design at All Souls' CE

Art and Design Curriculum Rationale

At All Souls’ CE Primary, we are all artists! We want our pupils to appreciate art and design. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be illustrators, graphic designers, curators or printmakers! We want them to embody our Christian core values. We all embrace the school motto of: “we are a place to grow’ – this is both spiritually and academically.  The art and design curriculum has been carefully designed so that our pupils develop their artistic knowledge. We want all our pupils to remember their art and design learning in our school, to cherish these experiences and embrace the opportunities they are presented with.

Curriculum Intent

The art and design curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our pupils to become independent and resilient.
We want to equip pupils with ambition beyond the minimum statutory requirements of the art and design National Curriculum and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. The curriculum is meticulously planned with the intention to address social disadvantage and ensure that all pupils - including those with SEND – have an opportunity to engage with a challenging curriculum and achieve success. Any gaps in pupils’ knowledge are quickly identified and addressed to ensure that pupils are supported to meet the ambitious intended end points of the curriculum in art & design. We have designed the curriculum as a school and therefore the curriculum is unique to our school and meets the needs of our pupils and our context.

The art & design curriculum is focused upon the development of practical, theoretical and disciplinary knowledge. Art & Design is progressively sequenced to ensure that pupils gain appreciation of the life and period of the artists, designers, craftsperson being studied. This enables an understanding of the motivation of the artist. The theoretical aspect of art is developed through discovery of the chronology and history of art, materials and processes used by artists. Through practical work, the pupils learn the discipline of the subject and apply their knowledge and skills to think and work as an artist. Artists are studied across a variety of periods such as traditional, modern and contemporary art. This supports pupils to appreciate various art movements and the developments within these periods which are fundamental to understanding the different types of art that shape modern history.

We want our pupils to use the vibrancy of our great town and wider city to learn from other cultures, respect diversity, co-operate with one another and appreciate what they have. We achieve this by providing a strong local contextual links where possible. For example, the curriculum offers a study of the fantastic artwork of L.S.Lowry, we learn about why and how ‘he painted matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs’ then use the learned disciplines to  create their own art work. We also visit the’ Van Gogh Alive’ exhibition in Manchester to support pupils to interact with art.

British Values and our core values placed at the heart of everything we do. This often feeds into the art and design curriculum. Cultural capital development is addressed through art gallery visits, online exploration, artist visits to school and first-hand experiences. We enrich pupils’ time in our school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and provide opportunities to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

Curriculum Implementation

We effectively develop and invest in our teaching staff to ensure that they are fully equipped with expert subject knowledge in order to support the delivery of the exceptional art & design curriculum. Teaching is highly effective for all pupils. Teachers present the curriculum content clearly through composites and component parts supported by unit booklets which break the unit knowledge, concepts and skills down for each lesson in each year group.

The curriculum is delivered through a subject specific approach which supports pupils to develop the key concepts and knowledge of the art & design curriculum. Each lesson within a unit of work is carefully crafted and builds upon what has been previously taught from one year to the next.

Frequent audits of the art & design curriculum take place. Following the findings from these audits, the art and design curriculum is adapted to build upon the learning opportunities and assessment end points for each year group and ensures progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills.


Pupils take inspiration from artists, craftspeople and designers throughout history to help generate ideas for their work. They explore and practice the knowledge, skills and techniques involved in the unit and use their sketchbooks to record their observations and to review and revisit ideas before producing a final piece. This process is replicated for each art and design unit. The way each discipline is taught is revisited in each phase, at a progressively deeper level. All classes study the same artist across school and focus on aspect of different pieces of artwork from the same artist. This provides a consistency and allows for whole school discussion and evaluation of the chosen artist.


Art and design subject specific characteristics, which we expect the pupils to demonstrate, have been developed and shared with all stakeholders. These characteristics underpin all work in art and design and form a focal point for display areas and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and pupils. These characteristics are:

  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques in relation to age expectations
  • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
  • To develop a passion for and a commitment to the subject.


The teaching of the Art & design curriculum is planned and delivered to support pupils to transfer key knowledge into their long-term memory and therefore improve the progress they make. Essential vocabulary is identified within each lesson and unit of work to ensure that our pupils can discuss and evaluate the art & design content effectively.


Whilst delivering the curriculum, teachers are constantly checking to ensure that pupils are learning the necessary knowledge and identifying and addressing misunderstandings. Assessment is used as a tool to support pupil learning.
The art & design curriculum is research evidence informed in relation to the content, delivery and process of learning. 

Curriculum Impact

We use both formative and summative assessment information in art and design. Assessment informs learning to ensure that all pupils including disadvantage and those with SEND achieve highly and acquire the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Staff use assessment information to inform their short-term planning and address misconceptions. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils. The end points for each phase have been carefully mapped out and further broken down. This means that the essential knowledge, skills and concepts in art and design are progressive and build year on year.


Our well-constructed curriculum in art & design leads to pupils successful learning. This is evidenced in the outcomes within sketchbooks and practical work produced. Pupils are well prepared for the next steps and stages of their learning due to the progressive and well sequenced curriculum. As a result, pupils make excellent progress they know more and remember more as they move through the art & design curriculum at All Souls’ CE Primary.
All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.

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Key Documentation

Art and Design programmes of study:

Key Stages 1 and 2

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


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 development of their art forms.

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

We are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets].

Subject content – Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Subject Content – Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.