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Art and Design

Our Curriculum Intent


At Mayfield Primary School, our long term plan for art and design ensures that there are meaningful links to the topic that each class is focussing on. Teachers follow a clear progression of knowledge and skills which ensures all pupils build on their prior knowledge, are challenged in line with their year group expectations and are ready for the next stage of their education. Every child is given the opportunity to learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and digital art through the exploration of an initial key artist, craft maker or designer and their work. Through in-depth discussion, pupils develop their own creative ideas, responding to the work of famous artists as well as the creations of their peers. They evaluate their work, adapt it and take their ideas further. 

From Years 1-6 each child has a sketchbook that they take ownership of in order to foster their sense of creativity. Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas and develop opinions. Cross-curricular links are promoted to allow all children to deepen their understanding across the curriculum, including the use of technology and artworks from specific historical, geographical and scientific contexts. Opportunities for children to visit local art galleries and museums are planned for, as well as visits from local artists.There are regular opportunities for pupils to self and peer assess and teachers offer regular feedback on their work.  Teachers track pupils’ progress using Insight Tracker and make assessments at the end of Term 3 and Term 6.Effective CPD and standardisation opportunities are available to staff to ensure high levels of confidence and subject knowledge are maintained.


The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave our school having reached at least age-related expectations for Art and Design. Our Art and Design curriculum is also designed to inspire a new generation of creative and innovative artists. We ensure that children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified, and additional provision and strategies are planned in and discussed with class teachers. Achievements are celebrated in classrooms during walking-galleries and corridor displays, and by building in increasing connections with local galleries, we aim to develop our future artists and their appreciation of the art around them.

We will regularly review and evaluate our Art and Design curriculum to ensure that it meets the needs of all the children in our school.

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