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Art and Design

Curriculum Intent: Art & Design

Possibilities - To have high aspirations and know all of the opportunities available to them.   

Growth - To recognise and celebrate their own individual journey, understanding their own uniqueness and strengths and those of others.                                                                       

Communication - To have high levels of oracy; having a rich and wide vocabulary to be able to explain their own ideas and thinking and be able to collaborate and respond to others.

Whole school curriculum vision for Art


To have high aspirations

Pupils develop their artistic skills through a skills based curriculum which enables them to discover their creative interests. Pupils see that art is a cross-curricular subject which can be applied in different forms, including technology, which may inspire their future learning and employment.


To recognise and celebrate their own individual journey
Through exploring different artists and media, pupils discover their artistic style. They learn to express themselves through artistic media and by sharing their work pupils grow in confidence and value their own contributions and those of others.


To have high levels of oracy

Pupils have the opportunity to explore and share their ideas and opinions about different artists and their work. They learn how to listen to and value the opinion of others and use these skills to appraise their artwork.


Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding into the following threshold concepts:

  •  Experiment, invent and create (own works of art, craft and design)
  •   Artistic techniques
  •  Great artists, craft makers and designers
  •   Artistic communication

These key concepts underpin the children’s learning through the year groups from Reception to Year 2. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language. 

The vertical accumulation of knowledge and skills from Years R to 2 is mapped as follows:

Progression in Threshold Concepts

The procedural and semantic knowledge pupils need to understand the threshold concepts

Threshold Concepts

Reception Step - Foundations to Basic

Year 1 Step - Basic

Year 2 Step - Advancing to Deep

AD1 - Experiment, invent and create (own works of art, craft and design)

Exploring ideas in creative ways

Exploring ideas, represent experiences and make decisions about creations.

AD2 - Artistic techniques

Use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function

Learn the use of artistic media (drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design)

Find out and make decisions about how media and materials can be combined and changed

AD3 - Great artists, craft makers and designers

Introduce different artists, craft makers and designers

AD4 - Artistic communication

Talk about likes and dislikes in creative works

Begin to use some subject specific vocabulary

Use subject specific language to evaluate and compare their own creative work and that of others

Threshold Concepts

End Point

AD1 - Experiment, invent and create (own works of art, craft and design)

By the end of Year 2….

When children leave The Avenue they will have explored a range of different artists and artistic media. Through this exploration they will have developed their own personal style and preferred media that reflects their individuality and have the confidence to express their opinions on their own, and others, work. Children will use the skills and knowledge they have learnt in the next stage of their educational journey.
AD2 - Artistic techniques
AD 3- Great artists, craft makers and designers
AD4 - Artistic communication

Aspirations For The Future

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Artist:

· Fashion designer

· Film animation

· Architect

· Theatre stage designer 

For more careers, please visit First Careers



Through the explicit teaching of the Art and Design, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.   

Pupil Voice


“I like playing with the play dough. I make things."                                                                                               

“I paint my family."                                   

“I am making a pattern. I press the paper together.”

Year 1:           

“I enjoyed learning about famous artists. We learnt about Vincent Van Gogh and Monet.           

 “Van Gogh was my favourite. I liked Starry Night.”                                                                                         

“I enjoyed comparing the different artists.”                                                                                                   

“We did self-portraits and portraits. I painted you [Mrs Parsons].”

Year 2:

 “We are learning about Pointillism. The picture is made of tiny dot                                 

“We made African patterns. They have lots of different colours”.


Here is what Art looks like at The Avenue: