Art Weaver Vale

Art & Design


Our Curriculum Intent for Art

Art embodies 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.

As pupils progress, they begin to think more critically and to develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. They learn to know how Art and Design, both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

At Frodsham Weaver Vale, we aim to develop the children's skills in key areas, over the course of their time in primary school. 

This is implemented, where possible, through art projects which are linked carefully to our learning topics and to the works of key individuals.

We want to encourage children to express themselves creatively, and to allow them the freedom necessary to produce creative work and explore and record their ideas and experiences.

We follow the programme of study outlined in the National Curriculum, and endeavour to offer a creative and inspiring curriculum which allows our children to develop key  Art Skills and to explore a series of Art Elements.


In accordance with the National Curriculum, at Frodsham Weaver Vale, we endorse the following aims.

  • Children should produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Children should become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Children evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Children should know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


At Frodsham Weaver Vale our Art curriculum incorporates both Art Skills and Art Elements

Over the course of the year, we focus upon the following Art Skills – see progression document.

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printing
  • Collage
  • 3D
  • Textiles

These skills are developed through 7 Art Elements. 

  • Pattern
  • Texture
  • Colour
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Tone
  • Form & Space

Each half term, teachers plan for a particular focus on these Art Skills and Elements. These are then subsequenlty revisited and explored in different ways, once they have been introduced and assimilated.

Throughout all year groups, Art is taught as discrete lessons, but where ever possible, it is planned so that it forms part of thematic teaching. Throughout the year, children will also be given the opportunity to experience themed Art weeks and to work with visiting artists. During these projects, children have the chance to work with their peers from all classes. Here our intent is for older children to support their younger friends and model practice.

Children are also encouraged to apply their Art skills and their knowledge of Art elements, across other subjects. They use them, as a vehicle for recording their learning, consolidating and broadening their understanding in these other disciplines. Throughout the year, teachers also ensure that children are introduced to the work of artists and designers, often as starting point for their own learning projects.  

Through this implementation our curriculum covers the content as prescribed in the National Curriculum.

Key Stage 1

Pupils will 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 space
  • 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 will 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 (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.