Art Intent

At Pencoys, Art is an essential part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our high-quality art education develops the children’s creativity and  imagination. Well planned and sequenced lessons both challenge and inspire whilst also equipping children with the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to experiment, invent, create and reflect on their own work.

Our art curriculum enables children to explore the work of a range of artists, architects, craft makers and designers; both contemporary and historical.  Through the work of these artists children develop a respect for diversity and broaden their understanding of equality. Artists have been chosen to help children explore cultural heritage from both the UK and around the world.  Our art curriculum is accessible for all and provides an opportunity for all children to shine.



The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


At Pencoys, Art is taught over three half terms per year. Medium Term Planning (MTP) is supported by a ‘small steps in progression’ document. This ensures a progression in both concepts and content. Art is taught in explicit art lessons, and where possible and relevant links are made to the wider curriculum to help bring art to life. 


The Art ‘Progression Overview’ is based entirely on the National Curriculum and covers all statutory aspects of this. As a school, we have personalised and adapted the MAT small steps curriculum to meet the needs of our learners.

All blocks begin with exploring the focus artist for the block. These artists have been specifically chosen to make links to the Global Citizenship aspects of our curriculum and to expand children’s cultural capital.

In each year the children gain experience of 3D form, drawing, colour and painting, and texture and pattern.  By the end of year 6 the children have had opportunities to develop their skills using a range of different media and techniques.

When possible, we invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity. Around school children’s artwork is celebrated and valued.


Long Term Plan




Through pupil conferencing, lesson observations, staff feedback and book looks we find:

  • Our children love art!

  • All children feel they can succeed in art and talk enthusiastically about what they have done.

  • The children are using art vocabulary to talk about their learning.

  • The children are curious about different artists, designers, architects and craft makers.

  • The children are inspired by the artists they study and they love to use their creativity.

By the end of their primary education:

  • Our children will be creative artists.

  • Our children will have the skills and knowledge to create art with a range of media.

  • Our children will know and understand how artists contribute to the world around them.  

  • Our children will value and demonstrate pride in their own artwork and that of others.

  • Our children will understand, discuss, communicate and question various artforms.

  • Our children will develop a passion for art and the skills to prepare them for KS3.


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