Arden Primary School

Every Child, Every Opportunity


Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement

Subject: Art




At Arden, we provide an inclusive, nurturing environment that ensures every child receives every opportunity to reach their full potential. We believe that through our provision and delivery of a high-quality Art and Design curriculum, we will inspire our children to think innovatively and develop their creative procedural understanding.

We are passionate in firing our pupils’ imaginations and enabling them to acquire the knowledge, skills and concepts necessary to express themselves and their responses visually or in a tactile form.

At Arden, we are committed to enriching the lives of all our children by creating valuable opportunities for our pupils to access the cultural richness and diversity that Art learning offers. We strive to ensure that our pupils develop life skills, as well as social and cultural experiences, through their appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts.




Our Art and Design curriculum presents children with opportunities to develop and enhance their skills in using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are provided the opportunity to explore and critically evaluate different creative concepts. Children will be introduced to a range of works and flourish in their knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular, thematic topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development. Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example, when printing repeating patterns and designs and thinking about 3D shapes to support structures. It is highly imperative that art work is purposeful; as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own artwork

In Art and Design, pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this through end-of-lesson reviews.  Children are encouraged to evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes to improve and develop their design further. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection. We promote our children to take risks by experimenting and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a specific concept.




Our Art and Design curriculum is high-quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression and stimulate creativity. Children are expected to make good or better progress through keeping in alignment with our curriculum. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Pupil’s written reflections and verbal discussions about their learning; which echoes their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
  • A celebration of our pupils’ learning each term which demonstrates their progression across the school, evidenced in our floor book.
  • All staff reflecting on how well our Art and Design learning journey is being followed, in alignment with the progression of skills.


Through a progress model of thematic learning, the children will revisit key concepts during each topic. These key concepts are:


Drawing (pencil, charcoal, inks, chalk, pastels, ICT and software)

Colour (Painting, ink, dye, textiles, pencils, crayon and pastels)

Texture (textiles, clay, sand, plaster, stone)

Form (3D work, clay, dough, boxes, wire, paper sculpture, mod roc)

Printing (found materials, fruit/veg, wood blocks, press print, lino, string)

Pattern (paint, pencil, textiles, clay, printing)


Aspiration Week - 'We are Artists'  -exploring careers within the Arts


We have had the wonderful pleasure of commencing Aspiration Week on 20th-25th May 2024. The vision for our project weaves in with one of the golden threads to our curriculum, which is to increase our children's hope, desire and ambition to strive to achieve something. To be the best they can possibly be and challenge themselves as a learner. The development of aspirations encourages children to engage with our rich arts and cultural offer, providing them with a wide range of opportunities to be creative and perform within and beyond the setting. 


The theme we have selected is Careers within the Arts which will address the social disadvantage of our community. We want our children to recognise that the 'Arts' are diverse- from photography, film, sculpture, fashion design. As we enter the digital age, it become more important than ever for us to embrace the Arts and recognise how they contribute socially, economically and culturally. 


We have been inspired by the book 'We are Artists' by Kari Herbert.

Community Arts Week- There is No Planet B


We had a special week based on our ‘Community’ curriculum driver, that we delivered through using the arts. Inspired by the book, ‘It’s Up to Us’ by Christopher Lloyd, our children reflected on their powerful connection with nature and what we can do to protect the world we live in. It was through using the language of art and collaborating with storytellers, artists, crafters and makers, where we communicated the type of future we want to build. The author of It’s Up to Us, Christopher Lloyd, delivered a special message all the way from America to our Arden children. And at the end of the week, we displayed all the children’s art to create an arts exhibition. Parents, neighbouring schools, were invited to come in and celebrate our children’s creative endeavours, as well as purchase some of the artwork. This allowed us to raise funds so that we can continue to invite in more artists and invest in high-quality resources for art.