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This page provides details about what Art looks like at Crayke Primary. It includes our Intent Statement, our coverage and progression document and our “jigsaw” explaining how teaching and learning in Art links to our four core values of Friendship, Forgiveness, Respect and Determination.

The Art Subject Leaders are: Miss Walker and Mrs Helfferich

Details relating to Coverage and Progression in this subject can be found here: Long Term Plan – Coverage, Skills and Progression

Art and Design NC Programme of Study

Ensuring access to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, based upon and framed by our school values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness, is at the heart of Crayke’s provision…


The fundamental aim of Crayke Church of England Primary School is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations; creating citizens of the future who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. This aligns with our school vision which strives to enable children to “Follow your pathway and grow together with confidence.”

Art intent:

Being a Crayke Artist means that pupils learn:

  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.

Meeting National Curriculum requirements, we deliver a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. Crayke engages all learning styles using a variety of resources which support the teaching of the curriculum. The wider learning culture is promoted through our school values of ‘Determination, Respect, Friendship and Forgiveness’ and through a culture of our aspirational ‘Crayke Growth Mindset’.


The EYFS Curriculum for Expressive Arts and Design: Art and Design is taught in a variety of ways through adult-led and adult-supported tasks and child initiated learning in well resourced provision areas, both indoors and outdoors. Children are encouraged to represent their own thoughts, feelings and ideas through art and design.

KS1& KS2:

Using the National Curriculum and the Essentials Curriculum (see attached), we follow a rolling 2 year programme (Year A and Year B) This ensures that all key areas of learning are covered and supports the progression of skills across our mixed age classes.

Our curriculum is built through a thematic approach which makes connections in skills and knowledge.

Where appropriate, we block learning in order to immerse children fully. Where relevant and possible, we offer enrichment activities to motivate, excite and inspire pupils in the form of ‘Stunning Starts’, ‘Marvellous Middles’ and ‘Fabulous Finishes’ – these may take the form of trips, visitors, theme days, achievement assemblies, exhibitions etc..

We link our themes to key texts that will enrich language and provide context to learning; our themes are learning challenges based around an enquiry question as a starting point e.g. ‘Can we create the world around us through art?’ We follow our lesson structure (see attached) making connections and spotting values through our Art lessons.

Creatively produced art books give children a sense of pride in the presentation of their work.

Art impact:

Impact will be measured by assessing against the Essentials Curriculum milestones statements through ‘Insight pupil tracking’ as:

  • Below
  • Just below
  • On Track

Crayke artists will be able to demonstrate the essential characteristics of artists detailed in the Intent section above.

They will successfully be able to:

  • Develop ideas
  • Master techniques
  • Take inspiration from the greats

They will use the school Christian values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness to drive their Art attainment and show progress against the Essentials milestones alongside demonstrating aspiration, confidence, independence as they develop in to citizens of the future.