Art and design

‘The Chalk Ridge Way’.

Intent, Implementation and Impact


The National Curriculum states that, “Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.”


The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

At Chalk Ridge, we want our children to be confident to explore their creativity. We endeavour to create exciting, engaging lessons where children develop their skills and show more care and detail in their work. Children will also develop their self-evaluation skills; their knowledge of different techniques in art and design as well as knowing some popular artists.



In the Foundation Stage, children are taught art and design through the key areas of learning set out within the EYFS Statutory Framework. These are then broken down into three areas including: imagination and creativity, self-expression and communicating through art. Through a broad range of teacher-led, child-initiated and continuous learning opportunities, children will be taught to:

  • describe what they can see;
  • explore colour and pattern;
  • plan, design and build structures;
  • explore a range of 3d materials;
  • use their imagination;
  • make mistakes and learn from them;
  • discuss their likes and dislikes;
  • start simply self-evaluating their work;
  • develop confidence in using a range of tools and techniques;
  • start adding more detail to their work.


In KS1 and KS2, children continue to build on their art and design skills and knowledge with more formal weekly lessons.


As a school we follow ‘Kapow’ planning which ensures there is a progression of skills and knowledge. See below for our overview:





Early Years

Drawing: making marvellous marks

Painting and mixed media: Paint my world.

Sculpture and 3D: Creation station

Year 1

Drawing: Make your mark.

Sculpture and 3D: Paper play

Painting and mixed media: Colour splash.

Year 2


Craft and design: Map it out.

Painting and mixed media: Life in colour

Sculpture and 3D: Clay houses

Year 3

Drawing: Growing artists

Craft and design: Ancient Egypt scrolls

Sculpture and 3D: Abstract shape and space

Year 4


Drawing: Power prints

Painting and mixed media: Light and dark

Craft and design: Fabric of nature

Year 5

Sculpture and 3D: interactive installation.

Drawing: I need space

Painting and mixed media: Portraits

Year 6


Craft and design: Photo opportunity.

Drawing: Make my voice heard

Sculpture and 3D: Making memories

*Correct as of January 2024.


There are also extra opportunities for seasonal crafts and stand-alone lessons. Teachers are encouraged to plan opportunities for cross-curricular links with other subjects/topics.


We also adhere to the Kapow risk assessments to ensure all children and adults use equipment correctly and safely.



Pupils enjoy, and are successful in, developing their knowledge and skills during art and design lessons.

We measure impact through:

  • keeping track of individual’s work;
  • half-termly meeting with children to discuss art and design to help make improvements and celebrate their successes;
  • ensuring the planning is followed, with necessary tweaks to support learners in the classroom. Following the planning ensures a progression of skills.


Observation of teaching and learning show:

  • Teachers have a good level of subject knowledge.
  • Confident children developing their independence and creativity in their learning.
  • Children enjoy art and design lessons.
  • Feedback is constructive and allows children to develop their skills.
  • Children are able to use and explain the meaning of subject specific vocabulary.
  • Teachers use a range of questioning to explore children’s understanding.
  • Children’s misconceptions are addressed through oral feedback.
  • Children feel confident to trial different ideas and see this as part of the learning journey even if (and when) mistakes are made.