Art and Design

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Billinge St Aidan’s CE 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 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.

St Aidan’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.


 The St Aidan’s Art scheme of work is designed with key strands that run throughout.These are:

  • Generating ideas

  • Using sketchbooks

  • Makings skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone,texture, pattern, colour)

  • Knowledge of artists

  • Evaluating and analysing

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 across year groups are organised into four core areas:

  • Drawing

  • Painting and mixed-media

  • Sculpture and 3D

  • Craft and design

Our National curriculum mapping shows which of our units cover each of the National curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands.

Our Progression of skills and knowledge shows the skills that are taught within eachyear group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage. It also shows how knowledge builds in the formal elements of Art.

Our units fully scaffold and support 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 artoutcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to thepupils.                                                                                                                                                  

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratorylearning 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 allpupils 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, keyfacts and vocabulary.

We have access to materials which support teachers who may lack confidence in their own artisticabilities. Pupil videos created by subject specialists help pupils to see art techniques modelled by experts, to ensure the delivery of Art is of the highest quality. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD.It has been created with the understanding that many teachers donot feel confident delivering the full Art and design curriculum and every effort has been made to ensure that they feel supported to deliver lessons of a high standard thatensure pupil progression.

Children will have access to a Knowledge Organiser which shows them the content of what they will be studying over the unit of work - it contains a highly visual record of the key knowledge and techniques learned, encouraging recall of skills processes, key factsand vocabulary. that we want them to learn. The ‘I know’ statements form our assessment in the subject, which is saved and tracked in our Insight Tracking system.

Each objective is assessed through recap questions, classwork and other assessment tests at the discretion of the teacher and each child is rated for each objective covered on a 1-3 system. 1 - some evidence, but not yet secure; 2 - objective is secured; 3 - working at greater depth.

Each child is then given a score from 0 - 6 for the subject at the end of each term throughout the year. 0 - below age related expectations; 1 - emerging, 2 developing (working towards the age related expectation); 3 - progressing, 4 - secure (working at the age related expectation); 5 - exceeding, 6 exceeding with greater depth (working beyond the age related expectation). The aim is for every child to achieve 3 or 4 in every subject at the end of the year.

To ensure, as much as possible, that the knowledge delivered in lesson embeds with each child the class, with their teacher, will produce a “Floor Map’ book. This book shows examples of the work produced during the unit and more importantly a set of key questions and facts that need to be recovered at later dates in the years to ensure full understanding. These books are then passed through the school to produce a map of their learning through their entire school journey.


St Aidan’s  curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in theevaluation, 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 our scheme can be constantly monitored through both formative andsummative assessment opportunities. Guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives, is available.

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

The expected impact of following our Art and design scheme of work is thatchildren will:

  • Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and

  • Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design

  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific

  • Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their

  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Artand

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