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Art and Design

Art and Design Intent

At Bookwell Primary School, we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and Design. We believe that Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge our children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As children progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design.

Art and Design Implementation

As a school, and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim 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 forms.

We inform our Art and Design lessons with the CUSP (Curriculum Unity Schools Partnership) Art curriculum. This is organised into blocks with each block covering a particular set of artistic disciplines, including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, 3D and collage. Vertical progression has been deliberately woven into the fabric of the curriculum so that pupils can revisit key disciplines throughout their Primary journey at increasing degrees of challenge and complexity.

Children study art in curriculum time blocks, with additional Art mornings to enable them to be fully immersed in the subject over a day, week or fortnight. They are also able to retrieve subject knowledge from art, and other subjects, during the course of a year in planned revisit sessions.

All classes have scheduled Art and Design lessons across each term. Children’s work and pictures of their work will be stored in their sketchbooks and on Seesaw for reference and assessment.

Coordinated whole-school project work ensures that art is given high status in the curriculum and the school takes part in an annual ‘Arts week’, which enables further focus on children’s artistic skills and knowledge.


The EYFS staff team plan for children to experience creative opportunities and develop art skills within the EYFS curriculum. In EYFS our pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. There are always opportunities for children to engage in the exploration of colour and use for a particular purpose. The children respond to a range of media and materials and they develop their understanding in order to manipulate and create different effects and develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately. The children’s learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week in the summer term where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists


On-line Art and Design plans and resources, produced by CUSP, are available online and also on the shared drive. All resources bespoke to year groups are in class stock cupboards. Any materials shared between year groups are stored in the stock cupboard in the discovery room. (Printing paints, rollers, powder paints etc)


Every class displays their art work within their classrooms. The subject lead keeps a record of the displays.

Community links

At Bookwell Primary, we look to strengthen our links with local galleries (Lowes Court and Florence mine) by working together on projects. Whilst studying artists from other cultures and times, we welcome the opportunity to work with local artists.

Art and Design Impact

After the implementation of the CUSP 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 the 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.
  • Have a wide range of Art and Design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line shape, form and space, experimenting with and refining their use of different materials.
  • 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.
  • Have acquired and refined the key skills of commenting, adapting, evaluating, exploring, collecting and responding and be articulate with technical vocabulary associated with art.
  • Be positive learners within Art & Design and show resilience in responding to challenges they face.