Intent for Art and Design at West Meadows Primary School

At West Meadows Primary School we are guided by the National Curriculum for Art & Design (2014). The National Curriculum for Art & 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.

Our intent is that our teaching of Art & Design will help children to 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. We aim to enable children to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.  Through the teaching of Art & Design, we endeavour to teach children how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The planning of learning always begins with the skills and knowledge that needs to be taught (see Progression in Art & Design). Art & Design lessons focus on developing specific art skills and techniques and giving children the opportunity to work as artists. We intend for our children to have extensive opportunities to experiment and explore with a wide range of different media and techniques in an active and creative way. Opportunities to apply learning are carefully mapped out and links to other subject areas are made where appropriate.

All art & design units will follow the same process:

Art & Design Whole school overview

Progression in Art & Design

Year 1 Art & Design curriculum

Year 2 Art & Design curriculum

Year 3 Art & Design curriculum

Year 4 Art & Design curriculum

Year 5 Art & Design curriculum

Year 6 Art & Design curriculum