Ladypool Primary School

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Art and design


Ladypool's intent for art and design is to provide a wealth of knowledge, understanding and practical  experiences to engage and enrich our children during their school journey and that this will develop their passion for art and design both as a subject and as a means of personal expression. As the children progress through school, they will develop the confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art as well as become more able to create art influenced by the great artists and designers. They will also learn to develop a critical response to the art they research/see and will be able to voice their opinions. They will learn about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and the wider world, including their own family's ancestry.

The art and design scheme of work that we have selected (Kapow Primary), 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 (NSEAD) progression competencies. Kapow Primary is an Artsmark partner and is able to inspire children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.

We believe that children have the right to access a broad, diverse and representative art curriculum that empowers them to see themselves as artists: a curriculum which enables them to develop independence, imagination, resilience and helps them to learn to take chances with their artistic decisions. It will give each child an outlet to express their viewpoints on the world and themselves – taking inspiration from sculptures, architects, painters, film makers, photographers, textile artists, designers and printers. 


The Kapow art scheme of work is designed with four strands that run throughout.
These are:
• Making skills
• Formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
• Knowledge of artists
• Evaluating

Through Kapow Primary’s art and design scheme of work, these strands are revisited in every unit. In our art and design skills and our formal elements of art units, children have the opportunity to learn and practise skills discretely. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.

Our progression of skills shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.

Kapow Primary’s art and design curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through the 'Every picture tells a story' units and links to artists through practical work. The units fully scaffold and support essential and age-appropriate sequenced learning. Creativity
and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Differentiated guidance is used by teachers to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. 

Art and Design teaching alternates with the teaching of Design and Technology.  As a school, we believe this approach ensures the developing knowledge and skills learnt are transferred across the whole curriculum and makes the best use of our timetable. One of the aims of using Kapow’s Primary scheme is to identify ways to adapt the curriculum to meet the specific needs of our children, school and area as we progress through the cycles.

Art and design skills are also taught across the year through an arts week that takes place in the summer term, and to celebrate children's learning during World Book Day, Remembrance day and the work we do on our school and curriculum values. 

  • All children will have the opportunity to experiment with different tools and materials and to reflect on their learning in Sketch Books which they will take with them as they move through the school. 
  • Opportunities to take part in design competitions and activities initiated from outside the school will be encouraged and facilitated.  
  • Professional artists and others from related fields will be invited to work with children and talk about their careers and its links to art and design. 
  • Children will visit local art galleries and explore the local area’s public art.
  • Children's art work will be displayed around the school.  


Kapow Primary’s curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve.
The impact of Kapow Primary’s scheme can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives. 

After the implementation of Kapow Primary’s Art and design scheme, pupils should leave primary school equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their art and design learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.

The impact of following the Kapow Primary Art and design scheme of work is that 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.

Art and Design curriculum map 22-23

Art and Design progression document 22-23