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Monkshouse Primary Academy

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Art & Design

Intent, Implementation, and Impact Statement for Art in Monkshouse Primary



The intent of the art curriculum in our primary school is to provide a well-rounded, creative, and culturally enriched learning experience for all our pupils. We believe that art education plays a vital role in fostering a love for creativity, exploration, self-expression, and cultural awareness.

Our intent is to:

  1. Nurture each pupil's artistic curiosity and confidence, irrespective of their starting point, background or ability.
  2. Develop pupils' knowledge and understanding of a wide range of art forms, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage and digital media.
  3. Encourage pupils to appreciate and critically analyse different artists, artistic styles, and art movements, both from the United Kingdom and around the world.
  4. Foster an inclusive and supportive learning environment, where pupils can express themselves, take risks and develop their artistic voice.
  5. Promote cross-curricular links and use art to enhance learning in other subjects, such as history, geography, science and English.
  6. Equip pupils with the skills needed to communicate their ideas visually, think creatively, problem-solve and apply artistic techniques confidently.
  7. Help pupils to develop an appreciation for the arts.



To effectively deliver our intent, we have developed a comprehensive art curriculum that ensures high-quality teaching and learning experiences for our pupils. Our implementation strategy includes the following:


Curricular Design and Sequencing

  1. We have designed a well-structured and progressive curriculum that builds upon prior knowledge and skills, ensuring a logical and sequential development of artistic concepts and techniques.
  2. The curriculum features a balance between skills-based learning and opportunities for creative exploration, allowing pupils to develop both technical proficiency and imaginative expression.
  3. We have identified specific learning outcomes for each year group, aligned with the National Curriculum for Art.



  1. We provide a wide range of resources including materials, tools and technology to support pupils' creativity and exploration across a range of art mediums.
  2. We regularly invest in updating resources to provide children with the necessary adaptations to support their learning.


Enrichment Opportunities

  1. We actively seek opportunities to enrich the art curriculum through visits to art galleries, museums to help pupils appreciate real-life art. 
  2. We invite local artists to deliver workshops inspiring pupils and broadening their understanding of potential career paths in the creative industries.  This has included the opportunity to create artwork which will be displayed in the local community.
  3. Where possible, we collaborate with other organisations to participate in art competitions, promoting peer interaction and sharing of creative ideas.


Assessment and Feedback

  1. Assessment in art is continuous and formative, providing regular feedback to pupils on their progress and areas for development.
  2. We use a variety of assessment methods, including teacher observations, constructive critique, self-assessment, and peer assessment, to foster pupils' reflective and self-critical skills.



Our art provision is designed to have a positive impact on our pupils, both academically and personally. We strive to create an environment where pupils feel inspired, confident, and fulfilled as artists and individuals. The impact of our art curriculum is evidenced through the following outcomes:

  1. Pupils develop a deep appreciation and understanding of art, demonstrated through their knowledge of different art forms and artists.
  2. Pupils demonstrate technical competence, creativity and originality in their own artwork and they can articulate their artistic choices and intentions.
  3. Artwork produced by our pupils showcases their confidence, creativity and exploration of new ideas and techniques.
  4. Pupils show improvements in their fine motor skills and ability to problem-solve through the manipulation of art materials and tools.
  5. Pupils gain transferable skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication and resilience, which support their learning across other subjects.
  6. Pupils from diverse backgrounds develop a greater appreciation for the cultural perspectives of others.
  7. Pupils demonstrate progress in their artistic abilities over time, as evidenced by the development and growth of their art portfolios and sketchbooks.
  8. Pupils express enjoyment and enthusiasm for art, as evidenced by their participation in art-related extracurricular activities and pupil interviews.
  9. Pupils demonstrate a positive mindset and increased self-esteem as they gain confidence in expressing themselves and their ideas through artistic means.

By successfully implementing our intent and capturing the impact of our art curriculum, we ensure our pupils receive an art education that supports their holistic development and equips them for future success.