The Carey Federation

Art & Design

Our Art & Design Intent

Our aims and intention for art is to make sure that all our pupils are given high quality opportunities to become proficient in drawing, painting, creating sculpture and other art-craft- design pieces. They will be taught how to evaluate and analyse creative works by using the language of art, craft and design.  We aim to learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Our children will be given opportunities to appreciate the diversity of art-work and become confident, enthusiastic and reflective about their own style and forms. We aim to improve our pupils intellectual, social and emotional development and celebrate their unique skills and imagination.

As a federation, we believe that art stimulates imagination and can be used to motivate and inspire pupils, which in turn raises their self-esteem and well-being.  We ensure that the children express themselves at their own appropriate level.

Curriculum framework

Our curriculum overview carefully maps the progression, skills and vocabulary that the children need to acquire, in order to make progress. The language and techniques are regularly introduced, practised and rehearsed. The big ideas of art are to practise control of pencils, use paint brushes with increasing skill and control, and work in different artist’s media, they are taught to notice and observe, to see shape and form, pattern and line and to discuss the art techniques. Finally, they are encouraged to use their imagination and problem solve. Mastery in art is recognised across the federation and our children are given opportunities to share their talents and skills in the wider community.


Artistic Knowledge and Curriculum Content 


Children at Key Stage One

Pupils will be immersed with a range of materials to design and make products. They will learn the skills of drawing, painting and sculpture, building on their experiences and imagination. They will develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, texture, line, shape and form and space.

Our pupils will work using a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Children at Key Stage Two 

Pupils will be taught how use a sketch book to record their observations and use them to revisit their ideas. They will improve the mastery of art and design techniques, including learning specific drawing, painting, and sculpture with a range of materials, for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay.) Pupils will be taught about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Spoken language

The children are given opportunities to orally discuss and critically reflect, evaluate and analyse their own work and the work of other’s.

Carey Values which are promoted 

The pupils in the Carey Federation are encouraged to ‘aim high’ and to be resilient, but also to persevere and keep going in all the art work challenges that they do. They will learn how to respect other artist’s contributions throughout the centuries and compare contemporary peer’s work and also learn how to reflect carefully when giving critical comments.

The children are taught use resources wisely; and to know how to use art equipment with increasing care and respect. Throughout the primary stages, pupils are encouraged to have their own original ideas, but they will also need to be able to share collaboratively and learn from each other; children who become creative learners have a web of knowledge about great artists of the world. Creativity, uniqueness and innovation are celebrated in our schools which results in the pupils becoming astute at editing and improving the pieces of work that they have created.


Our Art & Design Implementation

We implement the curriculum through carefully planned sequences which enable children to learn new skills and knowledge , whilst consolidating previous learning. Mapping what is taught in each year group, allows teachers to plan for progression. Please see our progression grid below

Planning for progression Art and Design