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Intent - What Do We Aspire for Our Children?

Our Curriculum Intent for Art


Through art, craft and design we want to engage, inspire and challenge pupils by introducing them to a broad range of techniques, materials and artists, craftspeople and designers. We want to equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, explore, take risks, invent and create. It will enable them to be authentic and explore their own identity as well as being curious about respecting and connecting with others.


It’s our aim that by the time every child leaves primary school they can feel as if they have found an area of the visual arts that is relevant and engaging to them – that might be through drawing, or making, or designing, or talking about art.


Most importantly, we want them to foster a positive, life-long relationship with the subject and have fun.

We want our children to know that they are artists, craft makers and designers!


Implementation - How Will We Deliver the Curriculum?


Eaglesfield Paddle uses the Access Art Primary Art Curriculum as a foundation. We have adapted units and incorporated some of our own to tailor the curriculum to suit our school and our children.


We use the progression documents from our subject association NSEAD where the curriculum is sectioned into four different progress objectives:

Generating ideas - the skills of designing and developing ideas

Making - the skills of making art, craft and design

Knowledge - knowledge of both technical process and cultural context

Evaluating - the skills of judgement and evaluation


Our own progression of skills document then supports our curriculum development further, showing how drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, collage, digital media and textiles are developed over time. 


Lessons delivered to each year group through three units. Each half term, Art and Design and Technology alternate; units are delivered as either a block of work or over a series of lessons or consecutive weeks.


The roots of our curriculum will always focus on the knowledge and skills within our progression documents but we do link to other areas of the curriculum in meaningful, engaging and enriching ways.


Our school is located on the edge of the Lake District, one of the most stunning places in the world. The Lake District and its surrounding areas have been and continue to be an inspiration to many artists. When considering the content of our art, craft and design curriculum we thought carefully about our locality and heritage. We have a range of artists who were born locally and these are referred to throughout our curriculum.


Click here to view our whole school curriculum overview.


Impact - How Do We Know Our Art Curriculum is Effective?


Pupil Voice

Pupil voice is used to not only assess how well children have retained the knowledge they have been taught, but also to elicit children's individual thoughts and feelings towards their and other's artwork.



Art is created to be enjoyed. Many pieces of the children’s art are showcased and celebrated on displays throughout school. Children are incredibly proud of these and they inspire and create a talking point for pupils, staff and visitors.



Sketchbooks are used to explore ideas, practice techniques, and for children to record their individual responses.  As sketchbooks are passed on from year to year, they provide a tangible measure of progress and show how they have grown throughout their time with us. Even within a unit of work, progress is clearly visible, but over an age phase, a sketchbook acts as a visual journal showing clear skill and knowledge development.