Primary School

Ready, Respectful and Safe

Art and Design

Article 28: Every child has the right to an education

Intent: What we are trying to achieve in our curriculum?

Our curriculum is designed to meet and address the needs of the children who attend our school. It is ambitious, inclusive, broad and balanced. It is designed to provide a progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary with clear end points, at the end of key phases in school. The threads ‘Be ready, Be Respectful and Be Safe’ provide the intent of our curriculum design and are implemented throughout each subject.


What do we want to develop in our children at Kirklevington?

What does this look like in our School?

Be Ready

Be Ambitious – aim high, exposure to experts and role models, challenge provided in teaching knowledge, skills and vocabulary

  • Famous artists and role models, including within the local community, identified in the curriculum, enhanced by visits and trips – arts week
  • Curriculum is challenging and meets the needs of all abilities
  • Pupil voice – creativity, curiosity, self-expression encouraged
  • Lessons, sketch books and displays demonstrate exposure to experts
  • Knowledge, skills and vocabulary are progressive with clear end points
  • Children develop a good understanding of the vocabulary they use in relation to art & artists


Be Independent – Prepared for now, the next steps and for life

  • Children can access their own resources and choose a range of media and materials
  • Children develop in their ability to work without adult support and organise themselves
  • Children have opportunities to develop their social skills, discussing their ideas & working collaboratively on projects.
  • Children are encouraged to ‘try’ before stepping in and effort is praised
  • Each child’s ideas and efforts are all valued


Be Resilient – confident, develop self-regulation, well-being strategies and be problem solvers

  • Children have opportunities to solve problems and articulate their reasoning
  • Art encourages children to ask & answer questions
  • Develops critical thinking skills in terms shape, space, texture & form
  • Children are taught to evaluate and reflect on their work and ways to improve it
  • Art provides a way to share and express their individual creativity


Be Respectful

Respectful behaviours – towards ourselves, our peers and others

  • Children listen to each other’s ideas & value their opinions
  • They work collaboratively on projects
  • Children learn to consider each other’s feelings through evaluating completed pieces of artwork


Respect rights – RRSA – Understand our rights, how they affect our lives and rights of children globally, celebrating differences

  • Children are encouraged to discuss how art makes them feel – their own and others
  • Children discuss methods & approaches used by artists & their peers
  • They explore art within their own culture & the way art has shaped cultures in other countries


Respect the environment – our school, the community and the wider world

  • Children are encouraged to tidy up after themselves, and use equipment correctly
  • Children demonstrate respect when attending trips and visits in the local community and beyond
  • Children learn about art in the world around them including through relevant and current events, both locally and globally


Be Safe

Keep ourselves safe – know how to report concerns and worries, including with friendships

  • Children are taught how to use art equipment safely and appropriately
  • Children are taught how to manage personal risks – use of aprons, gloves etc.
  • Children are taught to use art to express their feelings


Being safe in the school and community – Knowledge about, our families, the school, the local context and wider world

  • Children and staff consider ways to keep everyone safe during art lessons
  • Children are encouraged to take part in local & national events and competitions, including those which promote safety – e.g. Design road safety posters, artwork for Christmas on Yarm High Street


Being safe online –Using technology for the right reasons and knowing its limitations

  • Children follow school rules when using technology to create digital pieces of art
  • Children can compare using technology to create artwork with a range of other materials and media


Implementation: How is our curriculum delivered?

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art lessons, from whole class teaching to group or individual activities. All our classes have children with differing abilities, therefore, we provide suitable learning opportunities by matching the challenge of a task to the ability of the child. We aim to achieve this through a variety of approaches:

An open-ended task which can have a variety of responses.

Tasks of increasing difficulty where not all children will complete each element of the task.

Grouping and setting tasks by ability.

Providing a range of challenges with different resources.

Using additional adults to support the work of individuals or small groups.

Activities are planned so that they build upon the prior learning of the children. The Art subject grid is designed to show a progression in skills, knowledge and understanding, providing an increasing challenge for the children.

We have an Art week every year where each class focus on a particular artist.

Art and Design whole school progression map
Whole school Art topics


By participating in art activities our children will have opportunities to develop their social skills, discussing their ideas and working collaboratively on projects. It contributes to RSE and citizenship as children discuss how they feel about their own work and the methods and approaches used by others, whether within their culture or a different one. Art encourages children to ask and answer questions. It contributes to children’s mathematical understanding of shape and space and helps develop their computing skills through the use of computer software that explores shape, colour and pattern.