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ART Curriculum statement – intent, implementation, impact

 “Art is the oxygen that makes all other subjects breathe” (Alan Parker).


All children are naturally creative. The intent of our Art Curriculum is to give children at CHPS the skills to enable them to explore and express their individual artistic ideas. They will also learn to appreciate the importance of art and design to society.  

Our Art Curriculum goes hand in hand with the school’s vision of embracing the natural world and learning through first-hand experience; we encourage children to closely observe the world around them and take inspiration from Nature.  

The teaching of art will improve self-confidence and well-being in our children.


Art will be taught for at least two hours per week in KS1 and one hour per week in KS2. The children will complete at least one artistic project per half term.

Teachers will follow a clear scheme of skills progression which will enable children to build on learning from previous years. This will include specific vocabulary and will encourage questioning. However, the teaching of art will not be prescriptive and will allow children to explore possibilities, express ideas, question and experiment. Children will have opportunities to work individually, in groups and as collaboratively as a whole class.  They will be encouraged to express and share ideas.

The children will create their own sketchbooks (from Yr1) and will use these regularly (in KS2) to record observations and review and revisit ideas. We will advocate the use of sketch books for observational drawing from nature and real-life experiences – including regular Trees Matter outings and school trips.

Art will be well resourced.  Children will have access to good quality materials for drawing, painting, sculpture and textiles as well as digital resources. We will also provide a wide array of Art books to provoke questions and provide inspiration.

Children will have the opportunity to learn from visiting artists and will be inspired by their experience of Art and Design through trips to The Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, Wysing Arts Centre, David Parr House etc


There are no national standards set in art for primary-aged children.

We will promote conversation-based assessment which takes place on an ongoing basis. Conversations with the teacher may take place as a class, a group or one to one and will feed into the process of reflection and evaluation. These conversations will take place throughout the creative process (not just as a “tick list” at the end) to make the process meaningful and relevant to the child. Art is a subjective form and nurturing creativity is a sensitive process.

If Art teaching is successful, the impact will be clearly evidenced by:

  • quality and ambition of the work produced. There will be clear progression of skill level from Y1-Y6
  •  imaginative, thoughtful, personal sketch books showing increasingly close observation and creative ideas
  • Increasingly skilful observation and artistic interpretation of the natural world
  • The evident emotional well-being of children engrossed in artistic activities
  • Children’s knowledge of artists and ability to talk about art and artistic experiences which have inspired them
  • Children will be confident that they can be creative and will be proud of work they have produced