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Kidsgrove Primary School

Empowering Learners...Growing Minds

Art and Design




Art is taught discretely, with an ambitious and exciting curriculum which balances the development of artistic skills with building language, knowledge and understanding to enable art appreciation. Art lessons give all children the opportunity to explore their creativity and imagination, and express their ideas. Art is taught as an expressive means of communication, that builds confidence and creative thinking, and values originality.

We are proud that: 

  • Our artwork is striking in its range and quality and is celebrated through displays around the school.
  • Visitors to the school regularly comment on the high standard of the artwork.
  • Children are encouraged to enter art competitions
  • Local artists and crafts people come into school to work with the children.
  • Ipads are used to support drawing, painting and animation projects. 


Art is exceptionally well-resourced and taught by a specialist teacher from Early Years to Year 6.  We have a well-equipped art room and superb resources.

Children are taught a full range of skills and techniques which build year on year including: drawing, painting, collage, textiles, sculpture and printing, experimenting with a variety of materials.




The core elements of our curriculum are built into every unit of work in the curriculum.

  • Generating and developing ideas: A sketchbook is used to plan for an outcome, develop and inform ideas and record observations. The sketchbook approach allows refining, research  and honing of ideas as well as reflections on finished work
  • Making: Investigating the nature of materials and techniques allows the child to independently and confidently gain mastery and control to make choices that realise their intentions. The children develop experience and knowledge of art materials in carefully constructed units of work. They use technology to explore animation, drawing and painting skills.
  • Appreciating: Through appreciation of great artworks, learning how to evaluate and analyse using the language of art, craft and design, the children develop critical and creative thinking. Their knowledge and experience enables them to make reasoned evaluations of their own work. Looking at the work of a diverse range of artists, craftsmen and designers from all cultures and times develops understanding of the key ideas and working practices as well as developing an appreciation of diversity,  culture and history


Whole School Art Curriculum Map