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Art & Design Curriculum Map

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Curriculum Statement – Art and Design – Chatsworth Primary School



At Chatsworth Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our Art and Design curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge all pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design. It aims to provide all pupils with opportunities to think critically and develop a rigorous understanding of Art and Design. Children are taught how art both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture and creativity of our nation. Our Art and Design curriculum recognises and values the diverse nature of our community – our diversity of cultures, faiths and backgrounds.



The national curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:

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

At Chatsworth Primary School our aim is that pupils gain the opportunity to become fully engaged as artists, designers and craft makers.



The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Chatsworth Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

Over the course of two years the pupils at Chatsworth Primary School enjoy six units of learning (one per half term) during exciting Art Weeks:

  • Painting
  • Printing
  • Textiles
  • Sculpture
  • Collage
  • Digital media

The important skill of drawing underpins all of these disciplines. Pupils gain the skills and confidence to explore their independent ideas supported by knowledgeable and skilled teachers. Pupils develop critical thinking skills and vocabulary to be able to analyse and assess their own work and that of their peers.

Skills are further revisited and practised to supplement Art Week and consolidate skills over the course of the year during topic work.

A clear focus for each unit, combined with high quality teacher support prior to each Art Week contributes to high standards of teacher and learning. Teachers support pupils in developing their independent creative ideas from early sketchbooks stages, through to selecting appropriate materials and the final artwork stages. The Art and Design skills taught are progressive and build upon pupil’s prior learning.

During Art Week, pupils have the opportunity to produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences. The disciplines explored during Art Week are linked to current topics to deepen learning and encourage creative links. At the end of Art Week, pupils display their finished artwork as it should be, in an art exhibition. Parents are invited to view their artists’/ designers’ work.

Links to the local and wider community help to develop pupils’ enthusiasm, appreciation of art as well as ideas. Pupils have access not only to local art venues such as Orleans Gallery and the Arts Centre Hounslow but also important London art institutions such as the National Art Gallery and Tate Galleries. Pupils regularly take their sketchbooks on trips to gather ideas and inspiration. Pupils gain important knowledge and understanding of art processes through visits from local artists as well as GCSE and A Level pupils from local schools such as The Heathland School.


By the end of Year 6, pupils have become proficient in drawing alongside the other Art and Design techniques. Pupils are adept at developing their creative ideas derived from the knowledge and skills practised through sketchbook work and realisation of final artwork. During lessons pupils display high-levels of engagement whilst exploring independent ideas and selecting appropriate resources. Pupils have become confident in their ability to articulate their ideas visually and orally. Pupils are able to critique their work, those of their peers and other artists using the vocabulary of art and design.






Art Club


Try this at home! Art Club experimented drawing with oil pastels and oil on plaster.

What other surfaces could you experiment drawing on? Remember to check with an adult before you start.

Spring 2018: Digital Media

Thank you everyone for attending our recent exhibition of work. The children worked so hard on their digital artwork and animations and were excited to show everyone what they had achieved. Here is a selection of work.

Autumn 2017: Painting

This term the focus for Art Week across the school was painting.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3
Year 4
Year 5 and 6

Summer 2017: Print


Year 2 looked at the work of Henri Matisse. They spent time observing and drawing fish and then worked to create a print using a technique similar to linocut.

Spring 2017: Textiles



Inspired by Morpurgo's 'Kensuke's Kingdom' Year 6 created large scale stitched quilts.

Autumn 2016: Sculpture



'Where the Wild Things Are' inspired the imaginative 3D 'wild thing' sculptures in Year 2.