Art & Design

At Bathford Church School our vision of ‘Grow, Care, Serve, Share’ is integral to our Art curriculum.

Our creative curriculum will kindle children’s creativity, imagination, and individual expression. We believe that art and design enriches children’s learning and delivers vital opportunities for all children to develop their imagination, practical skills, concepts and knowledge of the world around them. Across each year group, we provide exciting creative opportunities that enable children to be independent, think critically, and solve problems. Children will have rich opportunities to explore art and design through their topic work in their classes, this work will be shared and celebrated both in their classes and with the school community. Children will gain an understanding of the importance of art & design in school, in our community, and in the wider world. Children will consider and discuss big questions linked to class topics and gradually will build their understanding of the breadth of art & design and artists past and present. 


We aim to ensure that all children grow:

To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Our 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 


Through our Art and design scheme of work, these strands are revisited in every unit. Through the formal elements unit, pupils 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 Curriculum overview shows which of our units cover each of the National Curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands.

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.

Our Art and design curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements. Our units fully scaffold and support essential and age-appropriate sequenced learning and are carefully linked to class topic 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. Sketchbooks are used to document children’s ideas and skill development. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.

Kapow Primary supports teachers who may lack confidence in their own artistic abilities. Pupil videos created by subject specialists help pupils to see art techniques modelled by experts, to ensure the delivery of Art in your school is of the highest quality. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD. Kapow has been created with the understanding that many teachers do not 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 that ensure pupil progression.


Our 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.

Our children will be able to:

Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences. 

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

 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.

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