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Art Curriculum Aims

At Levendale Primary, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Visual arts and Design technology enhance every subject area and bring learning to life. Those less confident in purely academic subjects, or with language barriers, can express themselves fully in these practical subjects. As pupils progress, they learn to think critically and build upon the knowledge, skills and vocabulary that they have been taught.

The implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Levendale ensures coverage of the National Curriculum and in Early Years, Art and Design is developed through our areas of learning.

We have developed our curriculum with our children in mind and use out Levendale goals and ‘Access Art’ units to supplement this. Art skills and knowledge underpin our units of work. For every year group, there is a clear progression of skills, which build on prior learning – such as use of tools and techniques with increasing mastery.

Each class in school keeps their own Arts Book which records responses to art, photos of work produced and also involvement in the Arts from beyond the classroom. This raises the profile of artwork and DT projects, that children complete in their own time.

The work of famous local, national and international artists is explored to enhance the children’s learning. 

Whole School Curriculum Aims

Levendale Curriculum Goals – Art

Healthy and SafePupils are taught how to use art tools, media and equipment safely. Pupils are taught that art is a means of expressing emotions. Children are supported in their learning journey to organise their thoughts, feelings and ideas through sketch book work.   Pupils follow online safety rules when creating digital art.
Positive MindsetEvery child is an artist, their work, ideas and creativity are celebrated. Pupils are encouraged to have a go and experiment with their creative work. Children are taught there is no right or wrong way to draw or express yourself. Pupils are taught to evaluate their own work, suggesting areas for improvement.
RespectPupils are taught that art is subjective. Pupils are taught to evaluate their own work and the work of others and consider the feelings of others when evaluating their work. Pupils listen to each other’s ideas and value the opinions of their peers. Pupils are able to work collaboratively on group projects, contributing to the final piece.
IndependencePupils can access a wide range of resources, media and materials for their project. Pupils are able to express their individuality through their artwork. Children develop skills which enable them to work on their own without direct adult guidance.
Pupil VoicePupils say what they like/ dislike/ feel about a piece of art. Every child’s thoughts and ideas are valued. Pupils are taught to express their thoughts and feelings through their art.
AspirationsThe curriculum is challenging and meets the needs of all children. Pupils are taught about a variety of artists their style and impact. Children are inspired and enjoy all aspects of art and design. Pupils develop and broaden their creative language and vocabulary and ability to use this to convey their own ideas, preferences, and thoughts. Children are able to express themselves through different media and feel empowered to think creatively. All learning is meaningful and memorable.

Our Art curriculum coverage across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 is as follows:

  • Drawing and sketchbooks
  • Surface and Colour
  • Working in 3 dimensions


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

N1 and N2

Collaging with Wax Crayon Rubbings
Mark-Making and Sound

Galaxy Painting
Repeat Pattern Printing Roller


Explorer’s Books: Collecting Colour
Finding Circles


Printing with String

Insect Hotels
Shells: Observational and Imaginative Drawing

Collage Hands, Feet and Flowers


Prop Making for Toys
Collage Streets

Autumn Floor Textiles

Imaginary Landscapes

Let’s Start With… Collage

Still Life Compositions: Inspired by Cezanne

Collecting, Arranging, Drawing

Year 1

Using drawing, collage and mark-making to explore spirals. Introducing sketchbooks.

Inspired by Flora & Fauna
Explore how artists make art inspired by flora and fauna. Make collages of Minibeasts and display as a shared artwork.

Making Birds
Sculptural project beginning with making drawings from observation, exploring media, and transforming the drawings from 2d to 3d to make a bird.

Year 2

Explore & Draw
Introducing the idea that artists can be collectors & explorers as they develop drawing and composition skills.

Expressive Painting
Explore how painters sometimes use paint in an expressive and gestural way. Explore colour mixing and experimental mark making to create abstract still life.

Stick Transformation Project
Explore how you can transform a familiar object into new and fun forms.

Year 3

Gestural Drawing with Charcoal
Making loose, gestural drawings with charcoal, and exploring drama and performance.

Cloth, Thread, Paint
Explore how artists combine media to create work in response to landscape. Use acrylic and thread to make a painted and stitched piece.

Telling Stories Through Drawing & Making
Explore how artists are inspired by other art forms – in this case how we make sculpture inspired by literature and film.

Year 4

Storytelling Through Drawing
Explore how artists create sequenced drawings to share and tell stories. Create accordion books or comic strips to retell poetry or prose through drawing.

Exploring Still Life

Explore artists working with the genre of still life, contemporary and more traditional. Create your own still life inspired art work.

Festival Feasts
How might we use food and art to bring us together?

Year 5

Typography & Maps

Exploring how we can create typography through drawing and design, and use our skills to create personal and highly visual maps.

Mixed Media Land & City-Scape

Explore how artists use a variety of media to capture spirit of the place.

Architecture: Dream Big or Small?

Explore the responsibilities architects have to design us a better world. Make your own architectural model.

Year 6

2D Drawing to 3D Making

Explore how 2D drawings can be transformed to 3D objects. Work towards a sculptural outcome or a graphic design outcome.


Explore how artists use their skills to speak on behalf of communities.
Make art about things you care about.

Brave Colour

Exploring how artists use light, form and colour to create immersive environments.

Levendale Progression in ART
Levendale Art Topic Overview