Art Intent

At Pencoys our intention through the teaching of Art is to develop creativity, imagination, set challenges and inspire. We aim to equip all children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent, create and reflect on their own works of art.

Art is sometimes taught in an explicit art lesson, but wherever possible it is linked to class topics and the wider curriculum as it gives children the opportunities to bring art to life. 

Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists, architects and designers. We invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity. We give children the opportunities to visit museums and galleries, developing their skills of observation and evaluation. We also celebrate and recognise the artwork children bring into school from home.



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 through three 'major' projects covered in three half terms per year; 'minor' art projects or activities are incorporated into year group plans to capitalise on cross-curricular art opportunities when appropriate. Medium Term Planning (MTP) is supported by a ‘small steps in progression’ document for each unit. This ensures a progression in skills, knowledge and processes. The art ‘Progression Overview’ is based on the National Curriculum 2014 and EYFS guidance and covers all statutory aspects of this. 


Long Term Plan

(Still a work in progress to highlight major and minor art projects to allow for full curriculum coverage)



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