Art & Design

Subject Leader: Mrs Walklett

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse


At Cheetwood Primary School, our intent is that every child has the right to create and express themselves with confidence and imagination. To ensure that our pupils are taught consistently to a high standard, we use Kapow’s combined Art and Design and DT Schemes of Work on an alternating half-termly basis.

Our Art and Design scheme of work aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Our scheme has been written by experts in their field and is designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history. We want pupils to confidently analyse the work of artists and use this inspiration to influence their own creativity and decision-making process. Through studying a diverse range of artists, pupils will learn how Art and Design reflect and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of the place we live.

Our scheme of work 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.


At Cheetwood Primary, we use Kapow Primary’s combined Design and Technology and Art and Design scheme to support our delivery. This scheme of work provides sequential lessons that are organised into four knowledge categories which are revisited many times throughout Years 1 through 6:

  • Drawing
  • Painting and mixed media
  • Sculpture and 3D
  • Craft and design

We teach three main units per year group which give the best overall skills coverage when combined with the Design and Technology units. The units of lessons allow our children to build upon their skills and knowledge and apply them to a range of projects. The formal elements are woven throughout the units, and key skills are regularly revisited with increasing complexity using a spiral curriculum model. For example, drawing skills appear in almost every unit; as children may apply what they have learned about mixed-media to a task in a Sculpture and 3D unit, and so on. Each unit supports age-appropriate sequenced learning and can be used in cross curricular activities across the school. Creativity and independent learning are embedded within the curriculum which enables the children to create their own unique pieces of art.

At Cheetwood Primary School pupils will be taught key disciplinary skills through the strands Generating Ideas, Sketchbooks, Making Skills, Knowledge of Artists and Evaluating and Analysing as part of all of our art units.

Each lesson is very practical and encourages experimental and exploratory learning using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Lessons can be accessed by all pupils and there are opportunities to stretch children’s learning when required. Knowledge organisers are used to support the delivery of the units of lessons which also encourage recall of skill processes, key facts and vocabulary.


Through well-resourced continuous provision and child centred learning opportunities, children in our nursery and reception classes develop their skills through exploration of mark making, materials, construction and evaluation. They also learn how to play and communicate imaginatively by developing narratives for role play, building play scenarios and working collaboratively with their peers. Progress in the early years is assessed using the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance and is recorded using the school’s attainment tracker.


Pupils will be taught:

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities, between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Pupils will be taught:

  • To develop their techniques including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • To create, sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • About great artists, architect and designers in history


At Cheetwood Primary, the curriculum scheme we choose to follow is designed in such a way that our children are involved in the evaluation, discussion and decision making about the quality of the projects and the improvements they need or could make. By taking part in these regular discussions and decision-making processes, our children will not only know the facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning and have a growing understanding of where they need to improve.

Our children will be seen enjoying their lessons and asking questions about theirs and others’ pieces of artwork. Our children will use their sketchbook to draw, ask questions, and explore the work of key artists.

The impact of Kapow’s Primary scheme will be monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes clear lesson objectives and success criteria which we have used to create an end of lesson assessment sheet to show if children are working towards, meeting or working at greater depth.

At the end of Kapow Primary’s Art and Design scheme, our children 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.


We aim that the impact of Kapow Primary Art and Design will enable our children to:

  • 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
  • Have knowledge about great artists and the historical and cultural developments of their art
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Art and Design

At Cheetwood Community Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safeguarding Notice

At Cheetwood Community Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.