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Art Curriculum Intent

Art is a means to understanding our own development, the world around us and is a vehicle for our thoughts,
feelings and emotions. The art curriculum at Holy Trinity is designed to take children on an explorative
journey through skills, processes and self-evaluation whilst being exposed to some of the most influential
current and historical artists. Children are encouraged to communicate their individuality, their heritage and
their sense of community as they engage in the application of a variety of media. We hope to instil in our
children, the desire to engage with works of art and be able to draw on their influence to produce art works
which are unique to them.




At Holy trinity we use and adapt Kapow Art scheme of work. The scheme is designed with five strands that run throughout.

These are:

  • Generating ideas
  • Using sketchbooks
  • Making skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern,colour)
  • Knowledge of artists
  • Evaluating and analysing


The units of work are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the National Curriculum, are also woven throughout 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 organised into three core areas:


● Drawing

● Painting and mixed-media

● Sculpture and 3D



Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.


Adaptive guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils by providing a highly visual record of the key knowledge and techniques learned, encouraging recall of skills processes, key facts and vocabulary.


The three core areas of drawing, painting and mixed media and sculpture  are taught in each year group for one hour per week for each week of the half term and over three half-terms in a year. Teaching and learning follow specific skills and objectives that are mapped out on the whole school overview for art. Children encounter a full range of art experiences as they move through the school, evidencing
a progression of skills. The curriculum is bolstered by a full range of resources and materials that are
available to all children. To provide influence and inspiration amongst our young artists, Art Appreciation is
built into the beginning of each practise. Children are encouraged to provide critiques of art works,
expressing their opinions and understanding orally and written.



The progression through the art curriculum at Holy Trinity aims to equip children with:
• The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions,
interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
• The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
• The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
• The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in various media.
• A knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers and to be able to communicate those that inspire them and why.
• The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
• Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
• The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
• The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
• A passion for and a commitment to the subject.