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At Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy our curriculum aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art.

We want to give our children the opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles

and beyond.




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.

 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)


There are five strands that run throughout the scheme:-

¨ 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.




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.