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Intent, Implementation and Impact


We aim to provide all children with a high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and develop the skills required to meet the aims outlined in the national curriculum. As pupils progress, 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.


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.



  • Our medium and long term plans are influenced by a combination of Kapow Primary and Plan Bee and lessons are adapted by class teachers and delivered in order to ensure that the aims of the national curriculum and the needs of our children are met.
  • Our high-quality Art and Design curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media and techniques.
  • Our whole school curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills in Art and Design using a range of media and materials. Children have the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas developing skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art that develops as they progress through the school.
  • Children study a range of works by a range of famous artists, of diverse backgrounds, to develop knowledge of styles achieved through direct teaching and through cross-curricular opportunities in the classroom. The children have a sketchbook that follows them through the school.
  • Art is displayed in classrooms and around our school to motivate and inspire others and to celebrate our children’s artwork.
  • Children are given opportunities to engage in Art and Design outside the classroom, with visits from artists, workshops, museum or gallery trips.



Our children enjoy taking part in art lessons and take great pride in the artwork that they produce throughout their Berkeley journey. Children develop a knowledge and understanding of technical vocabulary, artistic skills and techniques along with enquiry skills and curiosity about the world around them. Children are more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. Children at the Berkeley can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.