Howick Church Endowed Primary School

“Small School... Great expectations”

Art and Design


At Howick C of E Primary School we aim to provide pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum set within a caring and supportive Christian community. We aim to provide a progressive, exciting and challenging curriculum in which each and every child is able to flourish and grow into confident, curious and resilient learners. Our curriculum is language rich and aims to provide children with a unique experience in which each member of the school is valued and respected.

Our Art and Design curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should gain a deeper understanding of how Art and Design reflects and shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world.

We aim to provide every child, a high-quality Art and Design curriculum that nurtures creativity, authenticity, automaticity, and proficiency in Art. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. We want our children to use the local area as inspiration, to learn from other cultures and to respect diversity. To that end, we have carefully selected a wide range of unique and diverse artists, craft makers and designers for children to study.

Our Art and Design curriculum aims to:

  • Lessons engage, inspire and challenge pupils and equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
  • Pupils become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques including digital media.
  • Appropriate learning experiences are planned and are inclusive of the needs of all pupils in the classroom.
  • Learning allows for progression to ensure pupils’ knowledge and skills deepen and their visual literacy is developed.
  • Time is given for pupils to evaluate and analyse their own work, peer work and the work of known artists and crafts people, using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Children know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • Learners can develop an appreciation of the importance of art in society and its relevance to them.



To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Art and Design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught as a discrete subject and is taught on a half termly cycle.  Cross-curricular links are promoted to allow all children to deepen their understanding across the curriculum, including the use of technology, and artworks from year group specific historical, geographical and scientific contexts.

The purpose of each and every lesson is language rich and has clear intention. Lessons are planned to draw upon the experiences and existing knowledge of all learners, in addition to visitors/visits which provide a range of opportunities for pupils to learn, practice and demonstrate skills but also discuss and engage critically with material to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Throughout the Howick journey, 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. Learning is recorded via Seesaw and in sketch books. Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas and develop opinions. There are regular opportunities to reflect and develop, including through the use of sketchbooks, and chances for self and peer-assessment are planned into each unit of study in KS1 and KS2.


The impact of this curriculum design will lead to good 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 Howick reaching at least age-related expectations for Art and Design. Our Art and Design curriculum will also lead pupils to be enthusiastic Art and Design learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their final pieces and sketchbooks. 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.  


Curriculum Overviews

 Art Long Term Plan A.pdfDownload
 Art Long Term Plan B.pdfDownload
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Progression of Skills in Art and Design

Key Learning in Art and Design 

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