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Horizon Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education.

company number 08411590

registered office is C/O Biggin Hill Primary School, Biggin Avenue, Bransholme, Hull, United Kingdom HU7 4RL.

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Art and Design Curriculum Intent


At Horizon Academy Trust, we value Art and Design as a vital part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design allows curiosity, creativity and self- expression to develop whilst also providing the children with opportunities to improve their resilience, problem solving and critical thinking skills. We intend to provide our pupils with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express individual responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. 

Our art and design curriculum has been specifically developed to build on the National Curriculum 2014, giving pupils the opportunity to develop both the substantive (practical and theoretical) knowledge and specific disciplinary knowledge they need for their next stages in their learning journey. This helps to ensure that the children make meaningful links with other subject areas and allows for deep exploration and application of knowledge and skills.

Within each unit of Art children are taught and immersed in four phases of learning; Inspiration, Planning, Skills Development and Final Outcome. 

The art journey begins in Early Years where they are encouraged to explore and experiment with various media and materials. These solid foundations continue to develop in key stage one where children use their imagination and creativity to record their ideas whilst developing their knowledge and early skills. Exploration and experimentation of skills are further developed in key stage two through the introduction of sketchbooks where children are encouraged to think more critically when evaluating their own and other artists work. Sketchbooks should be at the centre of the child’s creativity and are a space for them to freely express, invent and develop their skills and knowledge often with limited guidance from the teacher.

To further enhance learning, the children explore various artists and designers from our local area, such as David Hockney, as well as Artists from different countries and cultures. We are very fortunate to have a wealth of museums, galleries and architecture on our doorstep which offer many opportunities for the children to experience different works of art, craft, design. In addition to this they will be shown the true breadth of art and how it has shaped our understanding of history and the narrative it has left. We believe that the primary function of art and design is to teach children to be creative, impacting on their future lives and careers.


Art and Design Implementation


Art and design at Horizon is taught in termly units throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Leaders have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked unit which are mapped across the school, ensuring that knowledge builds progressively and that children develop skills systematically.

Existing knowledge is checked and reviewed at the beginning of each unit. This ensures that teaching is informed by the children’s starting points and that it takes account of pupil voice, incorporating children’s interests.


Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with each school’s commitment to inclusion. At the end of each unit, key knowledge is reviewed by the children and rigorously checked by the teacher and consolidated as necessary.

Cross curricular outcomes in art and design are specifically planned for and these are indicated on the knowledge organiser for each unit of work. The local area and natural world are used regularly as a stimulus for artwork helped children to also develop a love of and appreciation of their community.


Rationale for sequencing of knowledge and skills


The art curriculum at Horizon is sequenced so that children develop skills across three main strands: Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Within each of these three strands knowledge and skills are developed in three key areas: printing and pattern, collage and texture, and digital media.


The curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6 is designed to build on the starting points within Expressive Arts and Design in the EYFS.  This begins in KS1 with a  drawing unit on portraits to ensure all pupils recognise the importance of observation within Art to draw more lifelike and realistic objects. As the children move further into school units on observational drawing, landscapes and still life build knowledge of techniques and application of skills so that all children progress within this strand as they move through the school.


The sequencing of painting through the trust is based on developing children’s knowledge of colour theory and applying this in increasingly complex ways. For example, building on the EYFS in Year 1 will mix primary colours to make secondary colours, before exploring tints and shades and tertiary colours in Year 2. Through KS2 children will explore the effect of colours and mood and use them to express feelings in their work.


Building on the children’s learning in the EYFS sculpture is developed through the art curriculum beginning with exploring malleable materials adding texture and pattern with tools. This progresses through the medium of natural sculptures, such as leaves and stones.  In KS2 development continues through investigating paper sculptures, through the study of origami. Progress continues through the application of learnt skills through the medium of clay, and this concludes with the study of Giacometti sculptures of the human form.


The stimulus for all units of work within Art are based on famous artists and designers, many of these have links to our local area. This supports the: Inspiration, Planning, Skills Development and Final Outcome sequence to teaching that we have developed to enable children to apply their knowledge in their own creative ways.


National Curriculum

Art Curriculum Journey

Art Knowledge and Skills Progression

Art Vocabulary Progression