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Art and Design

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.

Intent - What Do We Aspire for Our Children?

At St Anne's, our aim is for children to develop the confidence, passion and understanding that will enable them to be life-long artists, experimenting and inventing their own works of art, and to develop an aesthetic appreciation of the world around them.

Our high-quality art and design curriculum, written by experts in their field, engages, inspires, and challenges pupils, giving them the opportunity to devleop their own 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. 

The Kapow Art and Design scheme we have chosen to adopt, supports children to meet the National Curriculum end of key stage attainment targets.

Characteristics of an Artist

  • 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.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The 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, craftmakers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject



Assessment of Art & Design

Implementation - How we will deliver the curriculum

Our school uses the Kapow Art and Design scheme.  This scheme ensures a progression of skills and offers comprehensive coverage of the National Curriculum aims and programmes of study for this subject.

The Kapow Art and Design scheme of work is designed with four strands that run throughout. 

These are:

  • Drawing: children experience mark-making in all its forms, experimenting with line, tone and texture and using a wide range of materials to express their ideas in drawings. They use sketchbooks to record observtions about the world as drawings. Children learn about the way drawing is used by artists to develop and communicate their ideas creatively.
  • Painting and mixed-media: Children become proficient in painting techniques, including exploring colour mixing, painting on a range of surfaces and applying their drawing skills to painting projects. They use sketchbooks to practise painting methods and they explore the interplay between different media within a piece of artwork.
  • Sculpture and 3D: Children construct and model with a wide variety of materials, investigating ways to express ideas in three dimensions. They develop skills in adapting ideas and designs in their sketchbooks, moving from two dimensions into sculpture.
  • Craft and Design: Children produce a wide range of creative work, becoming proficient in a range of making processes. They build on skills in photography, printmaking, textile art and digital media, and explore design disciplines such as architecture and product design.


Kapow's Primary Art and Design curriculum develops childrens' knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through the Every Picture Tells a Story units and links to artists through practical work. The units fully scaffold and support essential and age-appropriate sequenced learning. 
At St Anne's, Art and Design is embedded into our whole school curriculum and opportunities for enhancing learning through art are regularly taken.

Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into the units, supporting children to make their own creative choices and decisions so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge rich, are unique to the children and personal.

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning, with children using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Knowledge organisers for each unit supprt children in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.

We actively strive to provide children with many enrichment activities through clubs, competitions, enterprise opportunities etc.


Click on the hyperlinks on the PDF below to find out more about the artists featured in our curriculum.

Famous Artists

Aspirations for the future

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as an Artist:

  • Wardrobe master
  • Curator
  • Author and illustrator
  • Furniture designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Interior designer
  • Website designer

For more careers, please visit First Careers.

Year One Knowledge Organisers

Year Two Knowledge Organisers

Year Three Knowledge Organisers

Year Four Knowledge Organisers

Year Five Knowledge Organisers

Year Six Knowledge Organisers

Impact - How Do We Know our Curriculum is Effective?


Our curriculum is designed in such a way that the 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 a growing understanding of how to improve.

The impact of learning within each unit is constantly monitored through formative assessment opportunities in lessons including observation of skills, dialogue with children, unit quizzes and knowledge catchers.

The expected impact of our art curriculum is that children will:

  • Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
  • Develop skills 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.

Snapshots - What art and design looks like at St Anne's

Solihull CEP Creative Workshop