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Abbey Gates Primary School

Learning Together & Making a Difference


Curriculum Offer

Art Curriculum Offer



It is our intention that our Art curriculum offer is uniquely designed for our school. Through the Art curriculum we aim to deliver exciting, engaging, high quality lessons within which pupils develop skills, knowledge and attitudes of curiosity, exploration and experimentation. The Art curriculum is driven by possibilities, diversity and community within which children recognise how Art has shaped history, contributed to culture, creativity and the wealth of the nation. Children respectfully appreciate diversity and express their preferences within Art. Enrichment opportunities provide authentic experiences, develop cultural capital and an awareness of the possibilities for perusing ideas, interest and initiatives in Art & Design. It is our intention that children become equipped with skills, knowledge, attitudes and opportunities which unlock their talent and fulfil their potential.



At Abbey Gates planning for Art is a varied process, encompassing individual lessons, termly ‘Create Projects’, out of school visits as well as workshops and additional input from external providers. Art has a high profile and we are currently working towards our Gold Art Mark. To ensure lessons are of the highest quality the ‘seven quality principles’ set out by the Arts council underpin planning.


  1. Striving for excellence and innovation.

We ensure that a range of resources are selected that support high quality outcomes. Learning spaces are configured to encourage creative thinking and adequate time is given to Art which includes time for reflection.

  1. Being authentic

We believe that children are inspired through authentic experiences including gallery visits, visiting artists and opportunities to engage with Art in alternative settings.

  1. Being exciting, inspiring and engaging

Staff and pupils are inspired and supported by the Art Specialist who teaches skills across school. Year groups teach a termly ‘Create Project’ which combines Art with a range of Arts. Create Projects maximise opportunities for all children to engage in Art, and supports the Abbey Gates Ethos for unlocking talent and maximising potential.

  1. Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience

Plans provide additional opportunities to those of participatory and creativity to includes opportunities for being inspired as part of an audience.

  1. Actively involving children and young people

Children are included in collaborative plans and their questions and interests steer the direction of planning.

  1. Enabling personal progression

Progression is planned across key stages. In addition, extra opportunities including extracurricular experiences and platforms for personal expression are provided.

  1. Developing belonging and ownership

Opportunities are given for showcasing Art in school, for parents and with the wider community.



Along with our termly projects, ‘DISCOVER’ and ‘EXPLORE’, children are introduced to a ‘CREATE’ project. The project unfolds through careful consideration of a ‘BIG QUESTION’. This is a focused

opportunity for our children to learn and apply skills and knowledge in Art. The project explores Art in different forms and inspires children to express creativity, appreciate diversity and discover possibilities. Rich vocabulary, studies of Artists, visitors into school and visits out of school add depth and rigour to learning and effectively impact on the acquisition of cultural capital. In keeping with our curriculum drivers, we ensure that a diverse range of art and artists are studied.


Furthermore, engaging within the Create Project provides opportunities to apply and develop skills in reading and mathematics in meaningful contexts such as researching Artists, measuring and discussing position, ratio and proportion.


Within our EYFS we foster the Characteristics for Learning and provide opportunities for Expressive Art which equips our youngest children with the attitudes and experiences on which our curriculum for Art is built.


Skills in Art are taught weekly by our Arts Specialist. Weekly lessons introduce, and build on previous skills in painting, collage, sculpture, drawing and printing. The Create Project allows for the creative application of taught skills and opportunities to deepen knowledge, appreciate diversity, study artist and gain authentic experiences.


The breadth of our curriculum inspires, equips and motivates children to engage with Art. They become ‘Artists’ working individually and collaboratively; experimenting, inventing and creating their own works of art, craft and design. They showcase their own Art and view that of others. They become critiques using visual language - line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form, when making observations, expressing the impact of Art on their emotions, conveying ideas and when accentuating their individuality. They become aware of the impact of art in history and discover possibilities in Art today in the future.



The impact of our Art offer is measured through our comprehensive monitoring cycle, which includes book (art) looks, learning walks, pupil voice, planning scrutiny and curriculum intent reviews. Once reviewed the subject leader feeds actions into an action plan for improvement.


We assess and track Art against Benchmark Standards in each year group. In assessing, we are looking for sustained mastery, greater depth, inspired learners and children who are fulfilling their potential.


The intended impact of our Art curriculum offer is outlined below:

  • Children can articulate and explain what Art is.
  • Children demonstrate a passion and commitment to the subject.
  • Children can use visual language - line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form, to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • Children can draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • Children explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • Children gain an impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
  • Children develop the ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Children demonstrate Independence, community and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • Children have the ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • Children reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.