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Leadership of Art and Design at Grove Primary School.

Accountable: Miss Sophie Clark, Mrs Hannah Gee

Responsible: Miss Melissa Thacker

The Art and Design Curriculum falls under the Creative Learning Curriculum Pillar. The Art and Design Curriculum has 5 unique pillars of its own which underpins is learning and teaching in this subject. These are:

  1. Arts Appreciation
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Mastering skills, techniques and using different medium
  4. Fostering a love of The Arts 
  5. Exposure to a range of subject specific vocabulary

The Arts Pillars



Curriculum Intent


At Grove Primary schools we value Art and Design and the opportunities that it provides for our children to be creative and to express themselves. This is a key part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We have carefully designed and structured our art curriculum to ensure children develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful artists.


Children will be given a range of experiences including; drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, textiles and 3D. The art curriculum has been structured to support children to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. As children progress through the school, the art curriculum allows them to build upon prior knowledge and skills, giving them opportunities to apply them to a new context. In order to prepare them for their future art teaching will also support the children to develop key learning behaviours: resilience, risk taking, resourcefulness, relationships and reflection.


Through hands on experiences we aim to create a love of art in which children as artists are inspired by famous artists, have opportunities to develop techniques using a range of mediums and can talk about their work. At Grove Primary schools we aim for children to leave Year 6 with the knowledge, skills and a love of art which will enable them to creative individuals as they grow.


At Grove we are guided by the National Curriculum for Art (2014). 

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art form



Art and Design concept map

Art and Design Long Term Plan

Curriculum Implementation


At Grove, Art and Design is a fundamental part of teaching and learning and is taught from EYFS to Year 6.


Children in the Early Years are encouraged to explore and use a range of media and materials whilst also developing their creativity, imagination and critical thinking. This the foundation on which learning is developed throughout the school.


We use the Suffolk Art Scheme alongside the National Curriculum to support our planning and teaching of Art and Design in Year 1-6. We have carefully structured this to ensure progression as a child journeys through the school. 


Art and Design is taught on a half termly basis which alternates with DT. In addition to art lessons, children are also given the opportunity to develop and apply their art knowledge and skills during Woodland sessions and Art Club.


Curriculum Impact


Our vision is to foster in children a love of Art and develop creativity. Pupil voice is an important part of our assessment allowing us to continually reflect upon our Arts curriculum and our offer of extra-curricular activities.


Formative assessment is used to move children’s learning forward in Art and to inform next steps. Summative assessments take place on a termly basis and attainment is tracked against National Curriculum expectations. This allows us to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.


Children in the Early Years are assessed using EExAT monthly milestones for Expressive Art and Design.

Art Displayed around the school

Art Skills, Knowledge and Technical Vocabulary