St Joseph and St Teresa

Catholic Primary School


Art Curriculum

Intent Statement

At St Joseph and St Teresa’s Primary School, we value art and design as an integral part of our creative curriculum. The teaching of art stimulates and encourages creative curiosity, powers imagination and supports positive mental wellbeing. The art and design scheme of work aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Pupils are given every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent, and express their ideas about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history.

Implement Statement

At St Joseph and St Teresa’s Primary School, we follow the Kapow Primary Art and design scheme of work. The scheme 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 scheme is designed with four strands that run throughout.

These are:

  • Generating ideas
  • Using sketchbooks
  • Making 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 in each year group are organised into four core areas:

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

One unit is delivered per term with the fourth unit being delivered during a timetabled enrichment week in the summer term. We implement a two year rolling programme to ensure children in our split year group classes can access all areas of the curriculum as they progress through the school.

Each unit fully scaffolds and supports age appropriate sequenced learning. Creativity and independent outcomes are embedded into each unit, supporting pupils 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. 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.

To ensure that the delivery of the art curriculum is of the highest quality, each unit of lessons includes both teacher and pupil videos created by subject specialists to help demonstrate the art techniques being taught.

Pupils have access to and are able to select from a range of materials and are taught to recognise when the use of certain materials is appropriate. Pupils are encouraged to use their sketchbooks to express ideas, observations and feelings and to explore different ways of representing these ideas using a variety of media and techniques.

Impact Statement


The art and design curriculum at St Joseph and St Teresa’s 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 and have a growing understanding of how to improve.

By the end of KS2, all pupils should be 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 expected impact of following the Kapow Primary Art and design scheme of work at St Joseph and St Teresa’s 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.
  • 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.

Art and Design Policy

Art and Design Curriculum Map 2023 - 2025