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Curriculum Statements

Art at Bentinck Primary & Nursery School


Curriculum Intent;

Here, at Bentinck Primary and Nursery School, we value and are dedicated to the teaching of Art.  We see this as a fundamental part of school life.  Art education provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

We are committed to providing an arts rich curriculum for all of our children.  We believe that by developing this, we can contribute to the quality of our children’s lives, both within and beyond school. We see art as a means to support learning in a range of ways. The skills that are developed in this subject can be transferred across the curriculum and thus aid learning.

We follow the National Curriculum guidelines to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to:

      • 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.

As pupils progress through each key stage, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture and creativity of the wider community.



To ensure pupil engagement and high standards of teaching in art and design, we implement a curriculum that progresses throughout the whole school. Teachers plan lessons for their classes using the art and design coverage sheets, which ensures the curriculum is being covered and that the skills and knowledge being taught is progressive from year group to year group. Art and design is taught once a term, often as a cross-curricular topic with another subject and always encouraging pupils to develop skills and knowledge over a series of lessons which may lead to a final piece. Pupils use sketchbooks as a way of developing skills and recording their ideas as well as having the opportunity to exhibit their work on classroom and corridor displays.

For each art project studied, the pupils will learn about an individual artist(s) as well as art movements, giving them the opportunity to express their creative imagination and practise skills in the 5 key strands: Drawing, Painting, Printing, Sculpture and Textiles. A strong oracy focus is encouraged in art lessons, allowing pupils to speak confidently and without judgement about their views on art. Pupils partake in a self-assessment of their own work, giving them the chance to celebrate achievements and determine what areas need to be improved.

*To manage the loss of learning during and post Covid-19, coverage sheets will be passed to the subsequent teacher to allow them to assess any areas where learning was lost and where skills may be lacking due to this. An area in need of improvement throughout the whole school is textiles, which we aim to make our focus for the Autumn term 2022.