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At Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy we use a scheme of work called ‘Kapow.’ This aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art.


The scheme has been written by experts and is designed to promote opportunities for children to develop their abilities, nurture their interests and talents, express their ideas and thoughts about the world as well learning about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond.


The children will be supported meet the National Curriculum end of key stage attainment targets through a progression of skills. Every opportunity will be given to allow the children to create their own piece of artwork at the end of each unit using the sills they have been developing.


Kapow 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. To extend the children’s own creativity we have added in our own opportunities at the end of each unit for the children to design or invent their own pieces of work that may be inspired by the artists they have learnt about and incorporates the skills they have been developing.




In the Early Years, teaching topics are formulated based on the children’s interests. These topics are designed to give opportunities for children to experience and develop interest in art and design.


Pupils will be given opportunities to explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult lead activities.

They will be exposed to opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary



In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the Kapow Primary ‘Art and Design Scheme of Work’, where children will be taught art skills and techniques discretely; directly linked to the ‘National Curriculum for Art and Design’.

All classes have a scheduled Art and design lesson each week every other half term (alternated with Design and technology) The children will cover drawing, painting and mixed media and sculpting throughout the year.


There are four strands that run throughout the scheme and will be revisited in every unit:-

¨ making skills

¨ formal elements

¨ knowledge of artists

¨ evaluating.


These key skills are revisited regularly whilst increasing in complexity, allowing children to become more proficient and confident artists. Progression of skills is at the heart of this scheme, as each year children will consistently build on the knowledge, skills and understanding they developed in previous years.


By following this scheme of work, children will develop knowledge of a range of artists and broaden their understanding of art movements.


Independence is promoted through art lessons, as children will be supported in making their own creative decisions, meaning that their outcomes will be unique and personal to them, as well as being underpinned by a breadth of knowledge.


Each lesson has an exploratory and experimental approach, in which children will document their ideas using their personal sketchbook. Every art lesson is designed effectively allowing all children to access the learning and so can reach their full potential.



In Key stage 1 and 2 the 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

. To meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the ‘National Curriculum’ for Art and Design.


In reception the children will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of the year, which are reported to parents.


The children will be consistently monitored through formative and summative assessment opportunities within each unit covered. Pupils will be assessed against the learning objectives both at the start and the end of the unit to show progression.

Art sticky knowledge

Art cycle

Progression of skills

Key concepts

Key vocabulary