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Curriculum Intent

Art & Design


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


Art and Design is taught across the curriculum at Welland Primary School.  We provide pupils with frequent opportunities to experience a range of creative design and practical skills. We teach art and design though a series of discreet lessons usually tied in to a cross curricular topic. The children use sketchbooks to collate ideas and practice a variety of skills. The teachers use these sketch books to track core artistic skills.


We teach children the ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality. We model and teach the ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form. The children develop the ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination. The children practice and improve their ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media. An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers is taught and the children are given ample opportunities to commit to their own research. The children develop the ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.  The children are encouraged to develop independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity. The children are taught the ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected. The children are encouraged to develop the ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others. We work to instil a passion for and a commitment to the subject.


Our Threshold Concepts for Art and Design are:

  • Develop ideas: This concept involves understanding how ideas develop through an artistic process.
  • Master techniques: This concept involves developing a skill set so that ideas may be communicated.
  • Take inspiration from the greats: This concept involves learning from both the artistic process and techniques of great artists and artisans throughout history.


Art and Design in our classrooms


You will see:

Children engaged and excited by designs and designers

Children using a range of different mediums and techniques

Practical, hands on experience with different mediums and art tools.

Children working collaboratively

Children using their growing skill to realise increasingly original and imaginative pieces of art

Children demonstrating how they keep themselves safe when working


You will hear:

Children evaluating art and developing their understanding of how art is realised

Children excited and passionate about art and design

Children talking about art and design using key vocabulary

Children evaluating their artwork and the work of others through discussion


You will feel:

A classroom climate where mistakes are valued and part of the deepening our understanding

Children building their understanding of art and its merits

That children are passionate to know more about existing works of art and the artists behind them

That children are proud of their artwork and want to improve even further

Progression in Art

Welland primary Art