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What is Art?

Art is an activity or creation by people that has importance because of an attraction to the human senses. Art is made when a human expresses himself or herself.


Art at Phillimore

At Phillimore, we intend that all our children have the opportunity to express their creativity through our art curriculum, mastering and experimenting with a range of art techniques and media in order to create their own works of art, craft and design. They will develop a critical approach to art and design, learning about famous artists and understanding how art reflects and shapes history and different cultures. Our children will be taught Art 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 across a range of subjects, ensuring they make progress.

We follow a broad and balanced Art curriculum called Kapow that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. Kapow ensures a progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Art curriculum.

All classes will alternate Art lessons each half term with Design and Technology. Children use sketchbooks to practise art techniques using a range of media and to record their ideas and learning. For each Art topic, children will work towards a final artwork.

There are four strands to the art curriculum at Phillimore – Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media, Sculpture and 3D and Craft and Design.



Children explore mark-making in all its forms, experimenting with line, tone and texture and using a wide range of materials to express their ideas as drawings; they use sketchbooks to record observations and plans as drawings; and they learn about how artists develop their ideas using drawings.


Painting and Mixed Media

Children develop painting skills including colour mixing, painting on a range of surfaces and with different tools; they explore the interplay between different media within an artwork.


Sculpture and 3D

Children Investigate ways to express ideas in three-dimensions; they construct and model with a variety of materials, shaping and joining materials to achieve an outcome; and they develop drawn ideas into sculpture.


Craft and Design

Children design and make art for different purposes, considering how this works in creative industries; they learn new making techniques, comparing these and making decisions about which to use to achieve a particular outcome; and they develop personal, imaginative responses to a design brief.

Progress in Art is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising children’s work, in accordance with our Art assessment policy to ensure that progression of skills is taking place. Namely through:

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

The Art 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 sketchbooks, which record the process leading to them.


National curriculum and Essentials curriculum links

Subject progression Document

A copy of the schools Art and Design progression document can be viewed in school due to copyright reasons.