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Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Art and Design


At Borrow Wood we value Art and Design as an important feature of our children’s exposure to a broad and balanced curriculum. We strive to inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We want children to see themselves as creative learners and to appreciate and evaluate the work of a wide range of artists and crafts people from different cultures. We not only want the children to acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and skills but also to build respect and curiosity through their appreciation and understanding of art.

We want our children to:

•            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.

We want our children to leave Borrow Wood understanding that art can tell a story and spread an important message. By becoming Art critics themselves, they are able to explore the meaning behind art work and learn how we can all interpret a piece of art work in our own unique way.


In the Foundation Stage, children are taught Art and Design through the key areas of learning set out in the EYFS statutory framework, supported by Development Matters. We follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design in Key Stages 1 and 2. The children are taught art and design in half termly units.  

Children observe the modelling of discrete skills and techniques and have the opportunity to explore and experiment with their ideas through a variety of forms. Sketch books are used to record, develop and progress their ideas enabling the children to reflect on their creative journey as they move through school.  Final pieces of work are completed at the end of each unit of study.

Works of a wide range of artists and sculptors are used to explain techniques and share ideas.  Key skills and knowledge are taught including incorporating colour, form & space, line, pattern, shape and texture. They are encouraged to create, develop, experiment and evaluate their artwork including painting and sculpturing techniques.

Art and Design lessons are planned using a clear progression document. This outlines the core knowledge and key skills that should be taught in each unit, within each year group. This ensures a clear progression of knowledge and skills from one year group to the next.

At Borrow Wood Primary School, we also provide the children with additional opportunities and events to further promote the love of art, including - demonstrations and workshops with local artists, themed art days, such as the National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’, creative homework and an Art Club.


As they move through Borrow Wood, children will show: 

  • Enthusiasm about art lessons and demonstrate interest and engagement.
  • Confidence in discussing personal observations and opinions based on their interpretation of historical and modern day artists.
  • That they can use and apply technical vocabulary when describing their own work and the work of others.
  • Increasing proficiency with different media.
  • Innovation and imagination.

We also measure the impact of our Art and Design curriculum through summative assessment at the end of each unit of work and through pupil voice interviews throughout the year.