Curriculum: Art & Design

At Beverley Minster, we intend:

  • to encourage the children to enjoy the creative process and experience their own success in art and design.
  • to teach children that art is not always ‘perfect’ and that it can take many different forms.
  • to develop a passion for the Arts and a knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
  • to show the children that we are all artists and that we use artist inspiration to create, and not copy, artwork.
  • to teach the children to understand that art includes culturally and ethnically diverse artists and that it can be made by everyone and in different ways.

By the time our children leave Beverley Minster Primary School, we intend that:

  • they are enthusiastic and motivated artists who are confident in exploring the world of art.
  • they have the skills, knowledge and experience required to continue their art and design journey at a secondary school level.
  • they have developed their proficiency in drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and printing.
  • have produced creative work independently and collaboratively, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.


Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability and additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves that they can possibly be. We teach The National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that the children build on their previous knowledge so they can use and apply their skills and make links with prior learning.

At Beverley Minster Primary School, children are always encouraged to be their best across all subjects including Art and Design. They are provided with opportunities to explore the world of thoughts and feelings and to express their ideas in ways that are individual to them. All children are taught different techniques, skills and knowledge that follow a developmental progression across the school:

  • To draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • To select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively.
  • To reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own and others’ work.
  • The knowledge and understanding to use artistic language and vocabulary skilfully and convincingly (e.g. line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form).
  • The independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their own creativity.

Within Art and Design, progression takes place across a range of different subject areas including drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and printing. Pupils use their sketchbooks to demonstrate their understanding of an artist, experiment with techniques and mediums, plan and execute compositions and evaluate their learning. Art lessons are about experiencing, experimenting, developing and discussing. Each lesson is a part of a developmental process where the children are encouraged to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings creatively while being challenged appropriately. At Beverley Minster Primary School we are fortunate to be surrounded by inspiring landscapes (Beverley Westwood) and architecture (Beverley Minster). Where appropriate, the children will use this stimulus to influence their artwork and study local artists.

Progression of Knowledge and Skills