Art and Design


Learning gives creativity.

Creativity leads to thinking.

Thinking provides knowledge.

Knowledge makes you great.


Within our Art and Design Curriculum at Whitby Heath, we want to foster an enjoyment of the subject and love of learning about Art. Our vision is to create a curriculum that is both ‘ intellectually challenging and creatively demanding.’ All pupils will be taught art, craft and design to engage, inspire and challenge them.

The Curriculum at Whitby Heath is underpinned by Kapow Primary’s revised Art and Design scheme of work. It aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. The Kapow scheme has been 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 art and artists across cultures and through history. It supports pupils to meet the programmes of study in the National Curriculum  for Art and Design as well as the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.  Our curriculum is designed to ensure that children ‘get better’ at range of skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and 3D as well as craft and design. Children will work through the artistic process when creating a piece of art, recording and practicing skills in their sketchbooks before creating a final piece.

The Kapow Art revises scheme of work is designed with five strands that run throughout. There are generating ideas, using sketchbooks, making skills including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour), knowledge of artists and evaluating and analysing. Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills applying them to range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the National Curriculum, are also woven throughout the units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Units in each year group are organized into four core areas: drawing, painting and mixed media, sculpture and 3D and craft and design

A vital component of any art and design curriculum are opportunities for practice. At Whitby Heath pupils not only have sufficient practice in the moment of learning content but the curriculum is designed for children to practice and revisit previously taught content. Pupils re-encounter curriculum components like drawing in every unit  so that they have sufficient time and instruction to become master ‘artists and designers’.

March 2024

Nicola Lloyd- Art and Design Lead  

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