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Curriculum Intent


At Valentine Primary School, we believe that Art forms an important part of the curriculum; stimulating pupil’s imagination and creative development. We provide an art curriculum that engages, inspires and challenges all pupils in developing, and extending, the vital skills and knowledge to experiment and create meaningful artwork.




Year 2 printing

Through studying the work of a broad range of artists, designers and craft-makers, we expand the experiences of children and enable them to express individual creativity and experimentation, while aspiring to emulate the work of renowned artists. These meaningful opportunities to develop cultural capital support pupils’ appreciation of how art reflects and shapes both history and culture. Children will empathise with the subject matter and begin to interpret art in new ways.

Through our Art lessons, children reflect on and evaluate their artwork enabling them to make changes, to keep improving and produce a final piece of art they are proud of. We believe this will develop confident artists.


In each key stage, children will learn the skills of: drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, digital art and sculpture. They will learn about colour, pattern, texture, shape, form and space.  Each year will build upon prior knowledge to enable children to refine their skills throughout their 7 years at Valentine.


End of key stage expectations

By the end of EYFS, children will have had regular opportunities to engage with the arts. This artistic and cultural awareness will support their imagination and creativity. They will have explored and experimented with a range of media materials, tools, techniques, colour, design, texture, and form. All children will be able to share their creations and explain clearly what they have used. They will begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.


By the end of KS1, children will have used a range of materials creatively to design and make products. They will be able to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination, linked to their project work. They will have developed a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Through studying a range of artists, craft makers and designers, children will be able to describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, making links to their own work.


By the end of KS2, children will have developed their control and their use of materials to express creativity. They will have used sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. Children will have an awareness of great artists, architects and designers, showing an appreciation of different kinds of art, craft and design. They will use this to inspire their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly