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Art and Design

Art and Design Education at St Peter’s means that children leaving in year 6 will have experienced:    


  • A high-quality Art and Design education which will have equipped them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.   
  • They will have experienced art activities that have given them a much-needed chance to express their ideas, build on their observational  skills, gain confidence, promote feelings of self-worth and develop their creativity, imagination and  aspiration, as well as offering them time to relax.  
  • We believe that Art & Design sparks creativity across the curriculum, encouraging young people to be inquisitive, disciplined and determined.  
  • Whole school Arts weeks when there are opportunities to work with artists from the wider community  
  • A chance to display their work in a gallery  

    After the implementation of our Art and Design curriculum, based on following the  Kapow scheme, pupils should leave our 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.  

      What children at St Peter’s say about Art and Design at our school: 

“ I love art lessons” 

“ I like drawing the best.” 

“When I grow up I am going to be an artist for my job” 


Intent for Art and Design at St Peter’s CEP 

At St Peter’s Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art.  

  Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our high-quality Art and Design curriculum aims 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. 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.  

We have chosen to use Kapow scheme to support us in planning our Art and Design curriculum. Through our Art and design curriculum we aim to inspire our pupils to develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. The Kapow scheme has been chosen because it is written by experts in their field and designed to give pupils the opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talents and interests, express their ideas and thoughts abut the world, as well as learning about art and artist across cultures and through history.  

The curriculum supports pupil’s to meet the national curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and has been written to cover the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies and has been created based on the OFSTED research review for Art and Design education.  

At St Peter’s we recognise the vital role art, craft and design plays in our world and we ensure ‘Art commands an important place in our school’. (OFSTED research review 2023) 

Implementation of our Art and Design Curriculum at St Peter’s 

Our curriculum for art and design, based on the Kapow Art scheme of work, is designed with five strands that run throughout. These are:  


  • Generating Ideas 
  • Using sketchbooks 
  • Making skills   
  • Formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)  
  • Knowledge of artists  
  • Evaluating  

The units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, as a key part of the national curriculum, are also woven throughout the units. 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. Units in each year group are organised into four core areas:  

  • Drawing 
  • Painting and mixed-media  
  • Sculpture and 3D 
  • Craft and design 

 Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting students 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 pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas.  


Impact of our Art and Design Curriculum at St Peter’s 

Our curriculum for art and design, based on Kapow, 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 curriculum can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Teachers and pupils are encouraged to think 'Why, what and how' in self-assessment, peer assessment and teacher assessment. In each lesson teachers have opportunities to assess 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.  


Our curriculum should enable all pupils to be equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence to express their creativity in art and design as well as to enjoy this subject.   


The expected impact 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.  

    Inclusion within our Art and Design Curriculum at St Peter’s 

We recognise that art and design should be accessible to all children. Differentiated guidance is available from Kapow for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Where necessary we take advise from our school SENCO and/or specialist teachers to ensure we are planning learning opportunities which will ensure all of our pupils can access learning and progress from their own unique starting points.  

At St Peter’s, we recognise and celebrate art and design's important contribution to culture, values and society. We aim to study artists and genres of art from a range of cultures across the world and recognise the important influence of artists from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. 

We recognise that our art and design the curriculum provided opportunities for all pupils to develop the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life and we plan enrichment activities into our art curriculum including an art festival and visits from professional artists.