Intent – Why do we teach this?

At Huncote Primary School, we have designed a curriculum for art and design with the intent that our children will, from the early years, develop a sense of creativity, self-expression, excellence and high attainment.   

We will deliver a curriculum that:

  • Exposes all children to art and design, giving them a chance to experience, and participate in a range of creative activities.   
  • Allows our children to experiment in a ‘safe’ environment where there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ results, thus, both self-expression and self-esteem may be enhanced.    
  • Give’s children the opportunity to explore, develop and communicate their personal, aesthetic response to experiences.   
  • Develops their knowledge and skills within a wide range of art and design activities.  
  • Introduces them to an appreciation of art and design that will last a lifetime.   
  • Encourages children to express themselves creatively using a wide range of media and situations.

Implementation – What do we teach? What does this look like?

The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school.  

The teaching, learning and sequencing of the curriculum follows:

  • All children follow a program of progressive skills in art and design.  These take place in discrete art and design lessons and also as a means of communication in other wider curriculum subjects.  
  • Wherever possible first-hand experiences and real things are used to stimulate art and design activities. Teaching is done in whole class groups followed by group and individual work. New techniques and skills are modelled and examples of work are shown to the children.   
  • In group and individual work, pupils have the opportunity to investigate, explore and develop ideas and techniques. They are also involved in evaluating their work, celebrating success and identifying areas for improvement.  
  • Art and design activities are differentiated to ensure that all pupils can access the tasks and have an appropriate level of challenge. Pupils with particular talents are given opportunities to extend them. Opportunities for using and extending art and design skills are built into lessons in other subjects.  
  • At Huncote we ensure that children also have access to contemporary (20th and 21st century) artists as well as more traditional ones, that are perhaps more relevant to children today.
  • In the Early Years there is continuous provision of art and design opportunities: these activities make important contributions to children’s development in the areas of Expressive Arts and Design and Communication and Language. They are also important in children’s Personal, Social and Emotional development. Art is covered in art lessons, continuous provision and as a means of communication and learning in other curriculum areas.

Impact – What will this look like?

Each pupil will;

  • experience a broad, balanced art and design curriculum, with an emphasis on the development of understanding and skills in art.
  • be given a wide range of opportunities to express themselves creatively.   
  • be given the opportunity to develop skills and interests.   
  • begin to develop awareness of the emotional impact art and design has on themselves and on an audience.  

Long Term Overview

Art and Design Curriculum

Art and Design Progression


Assessment in Art and Design is ongoing and based on individual lessons and units. A feedback sheet is completed at the end of a lesson or unit and these are used to assess progress against the National Curriculum objectives.