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Art and Design and King’s Meadow Academy


At King’s Meadow Academy we want all of our children to be artists and designers.


We aim to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art and give our pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history.



We follow the ‘Kapow Primary’ scheme of work for art and design.


The scheme of work fulfils the statutory requirements outlined in the National Curriculum (2014).


There are five strands which run throughout the scheme:

  • Generating ideas
  • using sketchbooks
  • making skills
  • knowing artists
  • evaluating and analysing

These strands are carried out through the following core areas:

  • drawing
  • painting and mixed media
  • sculpture and 3D
  • craft and design

These four core areas are  repeated in each year group so children are given opportunities to develop mastery by revisiting core subject knowledge and applying that knowledge practically in a range of contexts with growing complexity.


Different types of knowledge taught in Art and Design are:
Substantive knowledge:
    • Practical – methods & techniques / media & materials / formal elements – line, tone, shape, pattern, form, texture, colour
    • Theoretical – history of art through the knowledge of artists strand
Disciplinary knowledge:
    • Disciplinary – pupils learn about how art is studied, discussed and judged
      • what is art?
      • why do people make art?
      • how do people talk about art?


After the implementation of Kapow Primary’s Art and design scheme, pupils should leave primary school equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art and design learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.

Assessment in Art and Design

The impact of Kapow Primary’s scheme can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives. An assessment spreadsheet including the learning outcomes for children with secure understanding and those working at greater depth enables teachers to keep records of summative assessments for each child.


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