Art and Design

What are we aiming for?

At Yardley Primary School we provide a high-quality art and design education which enables our pupils to develop an enthusiasm for art and design, whilst ensuring we fulfil the aims of the National Curriculum. This is achieved through using the Kapow Primary’s Art and Design scheme. 

Kapow Primary’s 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 is written by experts in their field and 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.

Kapow Primary’s Art and design 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. 

How do we achieve this?

The Kapow Art scheme of work is designed with strands that run throughout. These are: 

Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the national curriculum, are also woven throughout units. 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. Units in each year group are organised into four core areas:

The units fully scaffold and support age appropriate sequenced learning, and are flexible enough to be adapted to form cross-curricular links with your own school’s curriculum. Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into the 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 pupils.

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils by providing a highly visual record of the key knowledge and techniques learned, encouraging recall of skills processes, key facts and vocabulary.

What does success look like?

The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary art and design scheme of work is that children will: 

Art and design in the early years

IIn EYFS, art and design is taught through the specific area of learning and development; expressive arts and design. This is delivered through using the Kapow Primary Art and Design scheme and through exploration and child-initiated play. Units within the Kapow scheme are organised into four core areas:

Through each unit pupils will explore and be introduced to the keys areas that will continue to be built upon in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

To find out more about our early years curriculum, visit our E.Y.F.S. page here.

Curriculum Overview

Progression of Knowledge and Skills

Drawing - Progression of Skills and Knowledge.pdf
Painting and Mixed Media - Progression of Skills and Knowledge.pdf
Sculpture and 3D - Progression of Skills and Knowledge.pdf
Craft and Design - Progression of Skills and Knowledge.pdf
Making Skills - Progression of Skills and Knowledge.pdf
Knowledge of Artists - Progression of Skills and Knowledge.pdf
Evaluating and Analysing - Progression of Skills and Knowledge.pdf

If you require any further information about this curriculum area or any other, please do not hesitate to contact us.