At Messingham Primary School we recognise the importance of a high-quality art curriculum where every child is considered an artist.

Our intent:

  • to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for art and design by providing a fully inclusive curriculum that ensures the progressive development of knowledge and skills.
  • to provide repeated opportunities for pupils to explore a range of media and materials and develop art-based skills, including drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art. Our aim is for children to become proficient in these techniques by the time they reach the end of Key Stage Two
  • to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts that stimulate creativity, imagination, and challenge. Opportunities for self-expression allow pupils to communicate what they see, think, and feel.
  • to provide a clear purpose for work where pupils can explore, take risks, and think critically with their creative works.
  • to evaluate and analyse creative works using the appropriate language of art, craft, and design.
  • to develop knowledge of the different works and styles used by local and great artists, craft-makers, and designers. Pupils should know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity, and wealth of our nation and the wider world.


How we implement this:

At Messingham School, there is a clear and comprehensive progression of skills for art and design that develops across all Key Stages and has a basis on the requirements of the National Curriculum. Pupils revisit skills in a spiral curriculum, which progresses in terms of depth and challenge and builds on prior learning.


  • Where possible, clear cross-curricular links have been established and incorporated into themes. As part of the lessons, teachers will introduce, and model key vocabulary as set out in the progression of skills. Teachers will use a variety of art materials and teaching strategies to provide support and clear differentiation to ensure that each child develops their skills and techniques in a way that is appropriate for them. All pupils will be encouraged to evaluate their creative work and that of others with their peers and adults. When exploring the different techniques and styles, pupils from Year One onwards will use a Sketchbook to record their ideas and experiences. This provides a way of working which allows for experimentation and taking risks.
  • The work of local and international artists is explored to enhance children’s learning and the appreciation of different forms and styles. Where applicable, links will be also be made to educational visits to develop children’s learning experiences.
  • Photographs and displays celebrate the progress, achievements, and efforts of our pupils.
  • Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils will receive many opportunities to explore and use a variety of materials and media through both child-initiated and adult-directed activities.
  • Children that show an aptitude for art and design will be recognised, and these pupils are invited to attend the Art After School Club.



The impact:

The impact of teaching is evident in our children’s Sketchbooks, on the creative and engaging displays around school, on our school Twitter page and by speaking to our pupils. As a school, we measure impact through book looks, learning walks, lesson observations, moderation, teacher/pupil and parent voice and our assessments. Throughout the year, teachers reflect on standards against planned outcomes where most of our pupils achieve age-related expectations in art. Measuring the impact of teaching is undertaken by Mr Hutchings, the senior leadership team, and the school’s governors.

For any questions or concerns about Art or Design please speak to Miss Martin our Art and Design Lead.