At Pencoys our intention through the teaching of Art is to develop creativity, imagination, set challenges and inspire. We aim to equip all children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent, create and reflect on their own works of art.

Art is sometimes taught in an explicit art lesson, but wherever possible it is linked to class topics and the wider curriculum as it gives children the opportunities to bring art to life.

Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists, architects and designers. We invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity. We give children the opportunities to visit museums and galleries, developing their skills of observation and evaluation. We also celebrate and recognise the artwork children bring into school from home.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.


At Pencoys, art is taught through three ‘major’ projects covered in three half terms per year; ‘minor’ art projects or activities are incorporated into year group plans to capitalise on cross-curricular art opportunities when appropriate. Medium Term Planning (MTP) is supported by a ‘small steps in progression’ document for each unit. This ensures a progression in skills, knowledge and processes. The art ‘Progression Overview’ is based on the National Curriculum 2014 and EYFS guidance and covers all statutory aspects of this. Art is taught in explicit art lessons, and where possible and relevant links are made to the wider curriculum to help bring art to life.

The Art ‘Progression Overview’ is based entirely on the National Curriculum and covers all statutory aspects of this. As a school, we have personalised and adapted the MAT small steps curriculum to meet the needs of our learners.

All blocks begin with exploring the focus artist for the block. These artists have been specifically chosen to make links to the Global Citizenship aspects of our curriculum and to expand children’s cultural capital.

In each year the children gain experience of paint, 3D sculpture and mixed media. By the end of year 6 the children have had opportunities to develop their skills using a range of different media and techniques.

When possible, we invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity. Around school children’s artwork is celebrated and valued.

Art LTP Pencoys


Through pupil conferencing, lesson observations, staff feedback and book looks we find:

  • Our children love art!

  • All children feel they can succeed in art and talk enthusiastically about what they have done.

  • The children are using art vocabulary to talk about their learning.

  • The children are curious about different artists, designers, architects and craft makers.

  • The children are inspired by the artists they study and they love to use their creativity.

By the end of their primary education:

  • Our children will be creative artists.

  • Our children will have the skills and knowledge to create art with a range of media.

  • Our children will know and understand how artists contribute to the world around them.

  • Our children will value and demonstrate pride in their own artwork and that of others.

  • Our children will understand, discuss, communicate and question various artforms.

  • Our children will develop a passion for art and the skills to prepare them for KS3.

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