Cowley Hill Art Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Intent:

At Cowley Hill School, the intent of our Art curriculum is to provide a rich and stimulating, artistic experiences where all children flourish and become creative independent learners. Children build on knowledge and skills to become proficient artists. They learn about great artists and understand the historical and cultural development of different art forms around the world. Students are taught through a rich, diverse and creative curriculum and have the opportunity to reflect on creative works.


We aim to equip pupils with cultural capital, preparing children with the essential artistic knowledge and skills for what comes next. The exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity. Through this journey, children develop new forms of cultural capital that makes a difference in individual mind-sets, which consequently shapes their future. 


Curriculum Implementation:

Our art curriculum provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work that shows progression of skills across all key stages through the strands of Art. Children build on skills and techniques through experimental learning, demonstration and guidance. We design, organise and plan our curriculum, mapping skills progression throughout the school.

Children are encouraged to express their creative imagination, and are provided with opportunities to practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art, which includes: drawing, painting, printing and textiles. They study key artists and make connections with art in the world around them.

Co-ordinated whole-school project work ensures that art is given high status in the curriculum and the school takes part in an annual exhibition in the local area.


Curriculum Impact:

Our art and design curriculum is planned to promote a love for learning and support the progression of skills. We make links throughout other subjects in the curriculum and every day life. Children become proficient artists through the variety of skills taught. Work displayed enriches the environment and also promotes the sense of achievement for the children.


The impact of our curriculum is under constant review and development to ensure that it appropriately meets the needs of our children, supporting and challenging pupils to achieve their full potential.

Our curriculum is regularly monitored by:

  • Assessing children’s existing understanding and vocabulary, before and after the unit is taught.
  • Assessing children’s’ learning behaviours working towards an objective such as confidence, engagement, self-motivation, resilience, curiosity.
  • Moderation of effective planning and lesson sequences.
  • Summative assessment of children’s discussions about their learning.
  • Assessment of recorded work, which may include work in books, images of practical activities, electronic work stored on Google Classroom.
  • Interviewing the children about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Moderation staff meetings where children’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.


Progression of Skills

Curriculum Learning Outcomes