ART and Design

Art and Design

Art and Design


At Jolesfield Church of England Primary School, we want our children to develop a love of learning, grow in confidence and flourish. We recognise that the appreciation and enjoyment of visual arts enriches all our lives. Our intent is to ensure a high quality Art and Design curriculum that engages, inspires and challenges all children. 

Children are given the opportunity to appreciate and take inspiration from others’ work from a variety of historical and cultural influences, including significant artists, craft makers and designers. We also recognise the importance of contemporary influences from a variety of cultural backgrounds, as well as local artists and ensure the children are exposed and inspired by these. Children develop an open minded and creative approach to the art that they encounter. 

Through sequenced lessons, the children will become proficient in a range of skills within the key areas of Art and Design: drawing, printing, painting, collage, sculpting, and using technology. To supplement this, they will learn to use subject specific vocabulary and knowledge to thoughtfully comment and critically analyse art they see and the techniques that are used. 

In a variety of contexts that reflect our creative curriculum, we endeavour for children to develop confidence in pursuing their own ideas and experiments. 


  • The progressive curriculum is planned and taught by following Kapow Primary, which is a sequenced scheme that gradually develops the knowledge and skills of all children across the key areas of Art and Design.
  • The lesson plans are detailed but adapted to the needs of individuals. The programme offers the opportunity for individual assessment of each child, which is used to inform future planning.
  • Four art topics are taught across the school year. This is split into two topics in the Autumn Term and one each in the Spring and Summer Terms. The topics are: Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media, Sculpture and 3D and Craft and Design.
  • Each Art and Design topic covers five areas of skill development, including Generating Ideas, Using Sketchbooks, Making Skills (Formal Elements), Knowledge of Artists and Evaluating and Analysing.
  • Each Making Skills section focuses on the knowledge and vocabulary that is related to the unit’s Formal Element. These include Colour, Form, Shape, Line, Pattern, Texture and Tone.
  • Sketchbooks are used from Year 1 onwards. The first two sessions of the school year focus on the use of sketchbooks to support children’s skill development. Children are also given time to create a personalised front cover for their book.
  • Our creative curriculum gives children opportunity to practice and use their art skills across the curriculum, within a range of subjects.


Within Early Years, children explore Art and Design through ‘Expressive Art and Design’. They will find out about Colour, Form, Shape, Line, Pattern, Texture and Tone through focussed ‘Making Skills’ lessons.. Their environment fosters curiosity and encourages explorative play. Children enjoy spending time in the making areas of the classroom and outdoor area. Artistic vocabulary is introduced and modelled. Children experience a variety of historical and cultural influences, including significant artists, craft makers and designers, contemporary influences from a variety of cultural backgrounds and local artists.

  • Art Curriculum Overview
  • Art and Design Progression of Skills and Knowledge
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