Learning Pathway

Key Stage 2

‘Ready to learn’

Students will access art through a ‘Creative Curriculum’ focussing on cross-curricular approaches to a given topic. This will encourage early decision-making and offer experiences for the children to make choices and preferences for different arts or activities. 


Students will have a basic knowledge of different artists, and they will be able to show an appreciation of pictures and colour. Students will incorporate early mark-making into these lessons, starting to develop their fine and gross motor skills, to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with design, texture, form and function. Students will start to share their creations, and talk about them. Pupils work will be celebrated around the school environment.

Key Stage 3

‘Ready for Independence’

Students will develop skills obtained within KS2 in Art. They will continue to appreciate different styles of art and be encouraged to give an opinion, showing an understanding of others opinions and ideas. 


Students will develop their practical skills completing activities set to a topic, following a three-year rolling program.  Likewise, they will have opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. Developing their skills to use drawing, painting and sculpture to share their ideas and imagination. 


Students will have opportunities to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.  Pupils' work will be celebrated around the school environment.

Key Stage 4

‘Ready for my future’

Art within KS4 is planned and focussed on pupils achieving AQA accreditations. They will be continuing and improving on set skills acquired on their journey through the school. Pupils will be encouraged, where possible, to be independent with their decision-making.


 Students will be empowered to take ownership of their projects and research different methods, approaches, describing and analysing the choices they have made. They will acquire specific skills within these unit awards, understanding the importance of learning about the work of others. Mastering skills and developing these to suit your own work. 


Becoming creative in art and going that extra mile to make their work a masterpiece. 

Again, all students' artwork will be celebrated around the school environment.

Key Stage 5

‘Ready for Work’

Although pupils in KS5 do not access Art within their timetable, they are encouraged to continue to be creative within their studies. Skills acquired during their art lessons will be transferred cross-curricular. Where pupils are accessing careers advice, and where art and creativity are a skill and passion, opportunities will be researched and explored within further education.


 Students will continue to develop and imaginatively extend ideas from starting points throughout the curriculum. They will use these transferable skills to be creative within their focussed work and decision-making. 


As with all Key stages, their work will be celebrated and displayed within the school environment.

Curriculum Content

Curriculum content shows the topics that each key stage will be working on for the year. Click the key stage you wish to preview.

Enrichment Opportunities

See below the opportunities to extend learning in Art.

Autodraw - google tool that recognises what you are drawing.


Quick Draw - a great little game similar to Pictionary. 


Texter - drawing with words - this is great.


Scribble and Ink - add your own drawings in this animated interactive story.


Kaleidoscope - I had a lot of fun doing this.


Colourwheel - good link to blend the colours within a colour wheel.


Star Wars Avatar - creating your own star wars avatar.


Colour Quilt - great for symmetry and patterns.

Disney yourself - exactly what it says.