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Art and Design

 Art & Design Curriculum Statement

 Intent, Implementation and Impact



Buswells Lodge’s Art and Design scheme of work aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Our scheme is written and designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interest, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond.


Our Art and Design scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National Curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and has been written to fully cover the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.

Our scheme of work has been adapted from the Kapow Primary scheme, an Artsmark partner who is able to support schools on their Artsmark Journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience and participate in great arts and culture.




Buswells Lodge Primary School’s scheme of work is designed with four strands that run throughout. These are:

  • Making Skills
  • Formal Elements of Art (line, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
  • Knowledge of artists
  • Evaluating


Throughout our Art and Design scheme of work, these strands are revisited in every unit. In our Art and Design skills and our Formal Elements of Art units, pupils have the opportunity to learn and practice 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 Progression of Skills document 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 Art and Design curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through the Every picture tells a story Units and links to artists through practical work.  Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units of work, supporting students in learning how to make their own choice and decisions, so that their outcomes, whilst still being knowledge rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learing with Key Stage 2 pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities stretch pupil’s learning available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.


Buswells Lodge Primary School utilises resources provided by Kapow Primary to support teachers who may lack confidence in their own artistic abilities. Pupil videos created by subject specialists help pupils to see art techniques modelled by experts, to ensure the delivery of Art in our school is of the highest quality. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD. Buswells Lodge Primary School utilises the resources provided by Kapow Primary due to the understanding that some teachers do not feel confident delivering the full Art and Design curriculum and every effort has been made to ensure that they feel supported to deliver lessons of a high standard that ensure pupil progression.




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.


This impact of our curriculum can be monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing the 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.

Pupils should leave our 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 impact of using our scheme of work, adapted from Kapow Primary is that children will:

  • Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
  • Be proficient in drawing, painting sculpting and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject specific language.
  • Know about great artists and the historical development of their art.
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Art and Design.