Our Art and design curriculum aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Our scheme is designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond.  Our Art and design curriculum support pupils to meet the National curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and fully covers the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.

Our Art curriculum is designed with three strands that run throughout. These are:

  • Drawing
  • Painting and mixed media
  • Sculpture and 3D


Throughout our Art and design curriculum, strands are revisited in every unit. In our Art and design skills and units, pupils have the opportunity to learn and practise skills discretely. 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 in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Our Curriculum overview shows which of our units cover each of the National curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands.  Our Progression of skills shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.  Our curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements and links to artists through practical work. Our units fully scaffold and support essential and age-appropriate sequenced learning and cross-curricular links with your own school’s curriculum. Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting children in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, 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 Key Stage 2 pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas.  Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.


Our curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve.  The impact of our Art curriculum is constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each unit / lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives and each unit has a unit quiz and knowledge catcher which can be used at the start and/ or end of the unit.

At the end point of our curriculum, pupils will leave Vine Tree Primary School equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and 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.

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