Art & Design

Art and Design Intent

Art and Design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. By teaching Art and design, we intend to impart pupils with the knowledge, understanding, confidence, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individual artists. At Holy Trinity, the teaching of the Art and Design curriculum has been carefully considered. Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2 utilise the Kapow scheme of work. 

Kapow’s Primary Art and Design scheme of work aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. The scheme is written with the intention of giving pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond. 

Kapow Primary’s Art and Design scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National Curriculum end of key stage targets and has been written with the aim of delivering the essential progression of knowledge and skills to be successful in art and design.


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.

Teaching and Learning

All classes in Key Stage 1 and 2 have a weekly Art and Design lesson that is taught by the teacher each week over three half terms. Teaching covers three units every year building upon previously taught skills. Our Art and Design curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and links to artists through practical work. The units are fully scaffolded and support essential and age-appropriate sequenced learning. Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into the units, supporting students in learning how to make creative choice and decisions so that their art outcomes, whilst being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal. 

At Holy Trinity, Art and Design is taught through a knowledge-based approach. The overview for the school states which area of art and design is to be covered and the Progression of Skills documents states which skills and techniques will be covered in each year group over time to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage. Art Is taught in 1-hour sessions in Key Stage 1 and 45 minute sessions in Key Stage 2.  Art and Design in the early years is taught as an integral part of the EYFS curriculum and opportunities to explore media and materials are developed through continuous provision.