Art and design at Cononley Primary School, is seen as a fundamental part of school life. We are committed to providing a rich Art and Design Curriculum for our children and we believe that by developing this, we can contribute to the quality of our children’s lives, both within and beyond school. Art and Design enables children to express themselves, to be creative and to learn about their own and other cultures and communities. We see Art and Design as a means to support learning in a range of ways; skills developed in Art and Design can be transferred across the curriculum to aid learning in school and beyond.

Early Years Foundation Stage

At Cononley Primary School, staff select resources to support the teaching of the  Early Years curriculum and the achievement of the Early Learning Goals for Expressive Arts and Design ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative. EYFS pupils are taught in variety of ways through adult-led and supported tasks and child-initiated learning in provision areas. Practitioners will take into account the Characteristics of Effective Learning when they are planning, leading or supporting learning. The EYFS curriculum has been designed to link with the Kapow Art and Design curriculum, providing the foundation for the curriculum  in KS1 and KS2. 

What our pupils will learn in KS1 and KS2 (Intent)

As a school, we have chosen to use a published scheme, Kapow Art and Design Scheme of Work, to teach  the Art and Design Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2. Kapow Art and Design Scheme of work enables our teachers to deliver creative, inspiring and engaging lessons and provides for progression in skills and knowledge. The scheme of work meets the requirements for the National Curriculum for Art and Design. A rolling programme ensures that our children cover all aspects of the Art and Design curriculum within the mixed age class structure of our school. Please see the links below for more information about what our pupils will learn. 

How our pupils will be taught Art and Design in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (Implementation)

Key Stage 1

Art and Design in Key Stage 1 is taught in a block of lessons over the period of approximately one week each term.

Key Stage 2

Art and Design in Key Stage 2 is taught in a block of lessons over the period of approximately two full days each term. Teaching Art and Design in blocks at Key Stage 1 and 2, allows the curriculum to be studied in depth; pupils will have time to complete longer pieces of work over the course of a block rather than in short weekly sessions.

Progression and Assessment


Regular observations and assessments of learning take place throughout the year and contribute to a summative assessment at the end of EYFS using the Early Years Outcomes for Expressive Arts and Design: ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative’.

 KS1 and KS2

Observational assessments take place during the art lessons and at the end of the unit using an informal quiz. The assessments contribute to a summative judgement at the end of the year.


The impact of the curriculum will be reviewed at the end of the year through observations of pupils' work, through discussions about their work and through the results of the informal quizzes at the end of each unit of work.