Arundel CofE Primary School

Art @ ACE

At Arundel Church of England Primary School, we recognise that Art and Design stimulate creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.


We encourage children to explore ideas and meanings through the work of a range of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.


The National Curriculum states that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire, and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Through being provided with opportunities to work both independently and collaboratively, our children broaden their understanding of the creative world around them as they sketch, paint, craft and sculpt whilst implementing taught skills such as pattern detailing, shape making, textures and lines. From their very first in-school creative experiences within our Reception class right through to when they are established designers and creators in Year 6, we ensure that children are consistently exposed to a wealth of diverse, inspiring and stimulating art styles and forms. Through the years, these rich experiences extend and challenge our children’s existing skills whilst effectively introducing those that are new to ensure they are masters of their own creativity for successful futures beyond ACE.


By subject lead - Mrs J Slater

 Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development (SMSC) Art


Promotion of SMSC development within our children at ACE is an essential part of our curriculum as we ensure that children become respectful of others as artists and appreciate that opinions and responses to art may differ to their own. This is in line with our curriculum philosophy and vision statement. At ACE, we use art as a means to encourage children’s imagination and creativity and we endeavour for children to have a voice which helps to influence our future planning and helps to outline our creative journey as a school dependent on children’s needs and interests.



  • Have the opportunity to record from first-hand experience and from imagination.
  • Have opportunities to select their own ideas for use in their work.
  • Use their creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities.
  • Develop the ability to control materials, tools and techniques.
  • Increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures.
  • Develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials.
  • Foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.


Implementation - how we teach it

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout ACE. Art and design is taught focusing on knowledge and skills stated within our curriculum. Although art is one of our discretely taught subjects, we ensure that art and design is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. Through a carefully detailed art curriculum and its building blocks, our teachers ensure meaningful opportunities and effective progression for our pupils through inspiring and exciting experiences.


Each key stage focuses on different themes to ensure continued interest in the subject as well as acquiring new knowledge. It also allows for repetition and development of skills and mediums recognising that learning in art is not always a linear progression of skills. Our lessons develop techniques, including control, use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.  Children should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


To ensure our art curriculum is consistently meaningful and effective for pupils and teachers alike, it is reviewed annually and our curriculum developments are informed by the National Curriculum, pupil voice and staff voice as we continue to provide an inspiring, relative and stimulating.


  • Through Art, our children think analytically, take responsibility and see beyond their own horizon.
  • Through Art, our children know more, remember more and do more.
  • Through Art, our children have the opportunity to grow spiritually, to be resilient and challenge themselves and each other in order to succeed together.
  • Through Art, our children are encouraged to be courageous advocates who challenge inequalities in society and are able to articulate spiritual and ethical issues.

Progression Grid


Art progression