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Kirkby La Thorpe
Church of England Primary Academy

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Church of England Primary Academy

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Art at KLT



At KLT our intention is to deliver an inspirational Art curriculum, providing children with valuable enrichment opportunities. Our Art curriculum aims to develop children’s visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons. Children will gain an understanding of the visual elements of art and design – line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and 3D form, through our engaging, inspiring curriculum.

As children progress through KLT, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. We aim for all children to reach their artistic potential and develop characteristics that support their journey in becoming great artists. Children will achieve this by being able to:

  • produce creative work, explore their own ideas and record 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.



Our Art and Design curriculum is based on the National Curriculum which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. Our three year rolling programme - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 enables all children to cover the necessary learning by the end of each Key Stage. Year 6 have a single year programme.

Through the use of Cornerstones, class projects have been mapped out for each cycle, allowing Art and Design focusses throughout each year. Art will be planned and taught, referring to our progression document, thus ensuring each year group content is fully covered.

The teaching of new skills and techniques is modelled and high quality examples of work are shared with the children. Children are taught to evaluate their own work and identify areas for improvement. They are encouraged to embrace mistakes and celebrate their own and others success.

Every child has a sketch book showing the process of creating a final art piece. This sketch book follows each child through their learning journey throughout their time at KLT.



The content of art lessons is meaningful to pupils and enriches work in other areas across the curriculum. Pupils’ sketch books demonstrate that control and technique with media such as pencil, pastel and paint improve over time. Sketch books contain experimentation of skills, photographs and reflections, showing ideas and development as well as final pieces of art work. Editing and improving are an essential part of the learning process and mistakes are used to plan for the next step. 


Our Art and Design curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and we use a range of strategies to assess the skills and knowledge that the children have attained each term including the following:

  • Pupil voice
  • Book scrutiny
  • Regular feedback each lesson
  • Monitoring planning