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Art Curriculum Map and Skills Progression

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

 Pablo Picasso

Art collage

Intent, Implementation and Impact


As a school we believe that “Every child is an artist.” (Pablo Picasso) Our curriculum aims to give every child the knowledge and skills they need to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, giving them an opportunity for creativity and individual expression.

To celebrate the children’s artistic achievements their work often forms the centrepiece of display throughout the school and elsewhere in the community when opportunities arise.

We encourage them in their critical thinking both of their own work, their peers and the work of great artists and craftspeople from a wide variety of cultures and time periods.



The curriculum facilitates the learning of skills and knowledge in progression from Early Years to Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two following a 2-year rolling programme. In Art lessons, children develop skills in drawing and painting, printing, collage, and sculpture, and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.

Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by other artists. Each class has a weekly lesson which enables the children to have time to follow the creative process through from gathering ideas and inspiration, planning and production, and evaluation. Additional to this lesson opportunities are provided to further explore skills and creativity in the continuous provision in the Early Years, within the Key Stage One weekly timetable and through the topics covered in Key Stage Two.



By the time every child leaves the school they will have a bank of skills and knowledge as well as the confidence to be able to explore art for their own pleasure and well-being, as well as engage in the curriculum their future education demands. They will have the experience to enable them to make decisions about their chosen media or style, in order to express their own creativity.

Our enjoyment of art is celebrated in the school through displays, the website, and social media. We create art for the shelter in the local area, and make the most of other opportunities in the wider community (for example, at the Royal Wootton Bassett Library).  





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