Art has the role in education of helping children to become like themselves, instead of more like everyone else.”

Sydney Gurewitz Clemens 

Subject Coordinator: Mrs Rachel Castle and Mrs Lynne Pickles

Subject Link Governor: Lorraine Smith

External Links: RA Young Artists

Vision and INtent

Art has a significant and valuable role to play in the overall ethos of this school, and the development of the whole child. Our curriculum is designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learn about art and artists across cultures and through history.

Art Coordinators

We are Mrs Pickles and Mrs Castle and together we lead Art.  We are working together to ensure that the teaching and learning of Art in our school aligns to the national curriculum and equips children with a sound knowledge of the formal elements as well as key artists and movements. Most importantly though, we aim to inspire pupils to develop their confidence, to experiment and to invent their own works of art. We are extremely excited to see the impact of our new art scheme in the classroom and to share the children’s masterpieces with you.


At Cheadle Primary, we use the Kapow scheme of Art which supports pupils to meet the national curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and has been written to fully cover the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies. 


Three units of Art taught are within each academic year.  Whilst some cross-curricular links may be observed to enrich and extend the teaching in other subjects, Art is taught as a subject in its own right.

The Kapow Art scheme of work is designed with five strands that run throughout.


Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the national curriculum, are also woven throughout units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.

 Units in across each phase are organised into four core areas:

● Drawing

● Painting and mixed-media

● Sculpture and 3D

● Craft and design


Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas.


Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils by providing a highly visual record of the key knowledge and techniques learned, encouraging recall of skills processes, key facts and vocabulary

Core Knowledge and skills

Please click on the links below to see our subject progression documents for art.


Children will be provided with a sketchbook when they join the school, and this will go with them as they move throughout the school. Sketchbooks are an essential record of an individual child's experiences and ideas throughout a year and key stage and will be seen as evidence for assessment and reporting purposes.


Teachers will also obtain evidence by direct observation of children at work, questioning pupils or listening to their conversations,


Using the sketchbooks and observations in lessons, teachers will then assess children for each unit on Otrack. At the end of each academic year, teachers will share with you whether your child is working at, above or below age-related expectations. 

cultural capital and enrichment

Cultural capital is theaccumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skillsthat a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work. 


In art, Cultural Capital can be gained in many ways; 

To enrich our curriculum, we have carefully chosen experiences that allow our children to enjoy hands-on activities linked to their whole-class art projects. We place great importance on educational visits and visitors to enhance the art curriculum. We also run a range of extracurricular clubs such as Busy Bees, Drawing Club and Craft Club to extend opportunities beyond the classroom.

What our pupils say

Jacob in Year 1 said… “I loved art because it is fun...I like painting best.”

Amber in Year 2 said.. ”I like painting in art because it makes me feel happy”

Olivia in Year 3 said… “I like to be creative in art ,,,I especially liked making paper animals.”

Charlie in Year 4 said… “I like art because you can make fascinating things can make whatever you want to.”

Freya in Year 5 said… “I really liked learning using different materials to create pieces of art.”

Lukasz in Year 6 said… “I really like to get creative with art ....I like art best of’s great for everyone”

How to Encourage art at home

Get messy!

Try to get hold of as many different types of drawing and painting resources as you can to let your child get creative and explore creating art using different materials. Paints, chalk, crayons, pens, pencils, modelling clay and much more can be found in discount shops. Just don’t forget to put lots of newspaper down first!

Use household objects creatively

Alternatively, instead of buying materials, let them get creative using objects around the house – for example, pasta and pulses to create pictures using glue.

Keep a sketch book

Encourage your child to keep a sketch book. Suggest that they take it with them when they go out so that they can look for things to sketch – a tree, a building, a scene. Alternatively, if they see something they would like to draw, take a photo on your phone and let them sketch from it when they are home.

Celebrate your child's art

Praise your child’s creations and encourage them not to get disheartened if they feel they have made ‘mistakes’. Explain that art is about being creative and trying out different things. There is no right or wrong way to do things. You could even ‘frame’ their work using coloured paper or card and create a little gallery on the kitchen wall or in their bedroom to display their work.

Discuss and enjoy art together

Find out about local art galleries or museums that you can visit with your child. Encourage them to talk about what they see and to share their opinions – about subject matter, colours, what materials the artist used, and so on.

useful websites

The Artful Parent

You can access over 500 arts and crafts activities, including painting, sculptures and printmaking. This site gives you ideas of what Art supplies to provide for your child in order to create and make different things.

Art for Kids hub

You can watch step by step videos on how to draw different things, origami for children, how to paint, holiday and celebratory art projects and projects related to the Seasons. It also gives you a list of the resources you will need before completing each art project.

Land Art for Kids

A website which gives you ideas on how to collect natural resources to produce different forms of Art.

Tate Kids-The Best Art Website for Kids

Children can follow instructions to make different things, play art games and quizzes and explore and read about the work of well-known artists.

BBC Bitesize Art and Design

You can watch class clips on famous artists, techniques and how to create different things.

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