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The Intent, Implementation and Impact of our Curriculum 

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


The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1.  Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  1.  Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  1.  Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  1.  Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


At Monkleigh, a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to observe, 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.

Our teaching empowers pupils with skills to be creative and independent with creating art reflecting their own style. We want children to enjoy and love learning as well as be able to confidentially talk about art, artists and techniques by gaining skills which will take them on into adult life. 


In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in art, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. 

Art is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. This is either taught as a weekly afternoon lesson or blocked into an art week. By blocking art, it enables children to engage deeply with the topic, regularly adapting and changing artwork and develop skills over a shorter period of time. It enables children to learn about artistic vocabulary and confidently use it to talk about their own work. 

Sketch books are used and carried throughout the school. These sketch books are used to develop and practise skills taught – leading up to creating a final project piece which demonstrates the skills taught and practised. The sketch books allow children to visit prior learning and build upon those skills. They are used as assessment opportunities for the children and teachers. No annotations are given in sketchbooks as we are passionate not to change or alter children’s artistic interpretations. Feedback is verbal and, where appropriate, challenge is set ongoing through the lessons depending on the need. Where scaffolded learning is required, we have resources and tools to support children and help them succeed. Interventions are in place to support children with their fine motor skills (High 5 fingers).

In the EYs there is continuous provision of art and design opportunities: these activities make important contributions to children’s development in the areas of Expressive Arts and Design and Communication and Language.

We have a strong emphasis across our curriculum on developing children’s oracy. Key vocabulary to be taught throughout each scheme of work is explicit and shows progression throughout the school. We want our children to be confident to talk about artists, artwork and their own work using key artistic vocabulary and in full sentences. 

We make links with art and other subjects wherever possible and our rolling programme shows these links between art and other subjects. With an ever changing world, it is important to not only explore art, but the history of art, how it changes geographically as well as equipping our children with the skills to be creative in a developing digitally based world. 


The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Monkleigh are equipped with art skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. It will give them the confidence to be creative in all aspects of life and be proud of the creative skills they have learnt and the work they have produced. 

We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about art, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.

The work given to pupils, over time and across the school, consistently matches the aims of the curriculum. It is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning.

Pupils are making progress in that they know more, remember more, understand more and do more. They are learning what is intended in the curriculum.

All learning builds towards end points, these end points will be in children’s books at the end of each unit of work and demonstrate the learning and impact of the unit of work.