Intent, Implementation and Impact of our Art Curriculum


At Hanslope School, we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to think innovatively as well as express their individual interests and ideas.

Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.

Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development.

Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example, when printing repeating patterns and designs and thinking about 3D shapes to support structures. It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work.

In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.


The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school.  

The teaching, learning and sequencing of the curriculum follows;  

The children are taught art on a weekly basis and all children follow a program of progressive skills in art.

Wherever possible first hand experiences and real things are used to stimulate art activities. Teaching occurs in whole class groups followed by group and individual work. New techniques and skills are modelled and examples of work are shown to the children.   

In group and individual work, pupils have the opportunity to investigate, explore and develop ideas and techniques. They are also involved in evaluating their work, celebrating success and identifying areas for improvement.

Cross curricular opportunities for further learning and development in art are imbedded into planning of other subjects.


To measure the impact of our curriculum, each child will;  

Experiencea broad, balanced art curriculum, with an emphasis on the development of understanding the skills in art.   

Experience art through other areas of the curriculum.   

Begiven a wide range of opportunities to express themselves creatively.   

Begiven the opportunity to develop skills and interests in out of hours learning.

Be given the opportunity to discuss their learning including their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluation of work.


Link Governor: Sarah Shakespeare

Subject Leaders: Miss Helena Carter and Mrs Shellie Duffield



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