“Art and design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise; with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality”

Quentin Blake

Art and Design is one of a vehicle for one of the highest forms of human expression – 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.


The main aims of Art and Design at St. George’s, within the context of the Primary National Curriculum, are for the pupils at our school to be entitled to experiences which:

  • Will inspire and are rich and varied, fulfilling, enjoyable and accessible for all.
  • Express their thoughts and ideas within a range of art forms to enable pupils to become creative, reflective, critical, responsive and appreciative.
  • Challenge them to their full potential.
  • Encourage them to participate actively, taking risks by trialling different possibilities to communicate meaning to different audiences.
  • Allow them to discover the value of focus, discipline and practice.
  • Respond to the work of artists whilst working as artists themselves to develop an appreciation of aesthetics and offers them insights into different viewpoints, cultures and identities.

Why is this area of learning important?

The arts provide a wealth of vital experience to excite pupils’ imaginations and develop their creativity. Pupils need access to a continuity of teaching and learning which enables them to be;

  • Willing to use their imaginations
  • Curious about the natural world
  • Confident in using materials, tools and equipment safely and effectively
  • Thoughtful and considered in how they approach, carry out and present their work
  • Interested in the work of others and the world of artists, craftspeople and designers

About our Scheme of Work

We use a Primary Art and design scheme of work from Kapow aims that to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Our scheme is written by experts in their field and designed to give 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 attainment targets and has been written to fully cover the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.

Curriculum Roadmap – Art and Design