Art and Design


Our aim is that pupils at Kehelland Village School receive their full entitlement to art education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, 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, creativity and wealth of our nation. (National Curriculum)

At Kehelland Village School, We aim to enrich the lives of individual pupils and promote their personal, creative, intellectual and social growth. We aim to provide a balance of drawing, painting, 3D, collage, printing and textiles to stimulate a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of the visual arts. We ensure this balance and skills progression through the use of the Kapow art scheme of work.

Our children will be taught Art and Design in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning.

Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use art and design across a range of subjects to be creative, solve problems and ensuring they make progress.

Cornwall historically has a rich and varied art scene and at our school we intend that children should master Art and Design to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Art and Design and make use of art effectively in their everyday lives. We aim to inspire our children to be creative, curious and to learn about their local heritage and to also explore art from a wide variety of cultures and times.

At Kehelland School, our Art Curriculum is designed to develop and nurture children’s interest in this subject and to promote not only their wider international and historical understanding of art, but also recognise the current and local contemporary art scene.


We follow a broad and balanced Art and Design curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow Kapow topic planning for art which links the children’s skills and knowledge in art to the class topic.

Due to the mixed age requirements in our classes, the art curriculum is planned as part of a rolling programme linked to class topics.

Kapow Primary art planning offers full coverage of the KS1 and KS2 Art & Design curriculum.

Curriculum content is categorised into five areas:

Making skills

Generating ideas

Formal elements

Knowledge of artists


Units contain five lessons. The lessons in each unit are designed to be taught in sequential order, with the exception of the lessons in the Skills and Formal elements units which can be taught in any order. These two units feature within each of the year groups and develop the discrete skills and techniques of art, craft and design.

The progress objectives used in this framework are derived from the four aims of the National Curriculum. The four headings of ‘Generating Ideas’, ‘Making’, ‘Evaluating’, and ‘Knowledge’ define the conceptual framework which underpins all teaching and learning in the subject. The use of these headings throughout this framework ensures consistency of planning, teaching and assessment


Children will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and will experience other art, craft and design techniques such as collage, printing and textiles.

To ensure that children learn about the range of artists, craft makers and designers the Kehelland art curriculum identifies key examples of artists and artwork for children to reference and make links to their own work.

We want to ensure that Art and Design is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using art are always taken.

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught

-to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

-to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

-to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and aspace

-about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught

-to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials. with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

-to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

-to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example pencil, charcoal, paing, clay)

-about great artists, architects and designers in history

Children’s work and pictures of their work will be stored on the shared school drive and also in sketch books for reference and assessment.


Our children enjoy and value Art and Design and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Art and Design in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities.

Progress in Art and Design is demonstrated through reviewing children’s work, in accordance with our Art and Design skills and evaluation progression plan. Namely through:

  • Looking at children’s work, especially over time as they gain new skills and knowledge
  • Observing how they perform in lessons
  • Talking to them about what they know.

The Art and Design curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others.

Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the important record of the process leading to them. Our focus on skills will ensure children recognise the importance of the process in art and value technique, experimentation, creativity and inventiveness.

Monitoring and Evaluation of Teaching and Learning

  • Reviewing work in sketch books to ensure progression of skills and knowledge across year groups and classes.
  • Lesson observations to monitor subject knowledge and delivery.
  • Termly and yearly discussions around curriculum coverage and progression of skills across year groups.