At Hardwick Green Primary Academy, we believe that Art is a valuable subject which supports children’s growth in a wealth of areas.

We support our students to not only develop Art skills and knowledge but to also think and act like artists, as well as being passionate about Art and developing a love for the subject.

Through our use of the Kapow Art curriculum, we aim to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and create their own works of art.  Our curriculum is designed to give children every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of Britain and beyond.



To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Art at Hardwick Green Primary Academy, we implement a curriculum which is progressive throughout the whole school.

The five key strands that run through our curriculum are:

  • Generating ideas
  • Using sketchbooks
  • Making skills including the formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern and colour)
  • Knowledge of artists
  • Evaluation and analysing

We provide opportunities to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of these areas by covering four aspects of Art each year:

  • Drawing
  • Paint and mixed media
  • Sculpture and 3D
  • Craft and design

Beginning in Reception, children cover these four aspects and the five key strands are revisited in every unit. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout other units across the school year. Through our curriculum, the key skills are revisited again each year with increasing complexity to ensure a progression of knowledge and skills and ensure that the national curriculum attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.

Our curriculum develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through our Every Picture Tells A Story units and links to artists through practical work. Each unit scaffolds and supports essential and age-appropriate sequenced learning and creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into every topic, supporting students in making their own creative choices.

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with Key Stage Two pupils using sketch books to document their ideas. Scaffolding and adaptive teaching is embedded into every lesson to ensure every lesson can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils, and we also provide opportunities to stretch children’s learning when required.



At Hardwick Green Primary Academy, our Art curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. It is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about Art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey and have a growing understanding of how to improve.

The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary Art and Design scheme of work is that children will:

  • Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences
  • Be proficient in drawing, paint, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject specific language
  • Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Art and Design

By the time children leave for secondary school, they should be 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.

Art Curriculum

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An overview of which art units are taught in which year groups, from EYFS to Year 6.