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Art, Craft and Design Curriculum Intent

Art  and Design is a subject that can help our pupils to better understand and give meaning to the world in which we live. As a school, we value Art and Design as an important part of our pupil’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. It provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and allows them to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

The school aims to provide an inspiring Art curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential through questioning, investigating and making, through research and a development of skills and through their evaluation.

Art Curriculum intends:

  • To enable all pupils to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Develop skills 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 of a range of artists, craft-makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Art curriculum delivery:


Lower School

Art is delivered through an inclusive approach for Years 4/5, it is integrated within the creative curriculum and skills are taught within the classroom. Art in Year 6, is also integrated within the creative curriculum, with art skills being developed through exploration of mediums and outcomes.


Middle School

Learning and topics of study are adapted to meet the varying needs of our pupils, as well as incorporating the visual components of colour, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value. Art in Year 8 and 9 is studied once a week in the art studio. Pupils follow two topics per term using sketchbooks to display and evidence their work.

Upper School

Art is an option subject and is offered to pupils who would like to develop their knowledge further, building on the experience of KS3. They will have the opportunity, through a double lesson per week, to create a portfolio of work, involving six units of work, over two years. GCSE comprises 60% coursework 40% Exam. Entry Pathways Creative, Media and Performance Arts is 100% coursework.

Benefits to pupils (Impact):

Our curriculum equips students to be risk takers, evaluators and reflective and engaged learners. We aim for our pupils to have a diverse knowledge of art and culture, and will have developed preferences and made choices which will have a positive life-long impact. We ensure all students are able to be successful by finding a skill, material or topic which highlights their capabilities, regardless of additional needs and ability. The impact of our curriculum can be measured through quality, well-conceived outcomes. Students will develop their ability to self-analyse and critically evaluate their own and others’ work. In addition to these outcomes, Art at Combe Pafford helps to develop motor skills, coordination and has a large impact on social and emotional growth.