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At Anthony Bek we are committed to providing an exceptional art and design education for all pupils. The intention of our teaching in art and design aims to inspire pupils, and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Through our teaching we will give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history. We believe that art and design can be taught in a way that is fun, engaging, and that will show progression right from Early Years, up to Year 6.



Our teaching of art and design aims to give the children a wide range of experiences, to broaden their knowledge and level of skill in this area.

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Differentiated guidance is available from our online tool Kapow, for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils by providing a highly visual record of the key knowledge and techniques learned, encouraging recall of skills processes, key facts and vocabulary.

Pupil videos created by subject specialists help pupils to see art techniques modelled by experts, to ensure the delivery of Art in your school is of the highest quality. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD. Kapow has been created with the understanding that many teachers do not feel confident delivering the full Art and design curriculum and every effort has been made to ensure that they feel supported to deliver lessons of a high standard that ensure pupil progression.



Our curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in our regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve. The impact can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson from the Kapow scheme includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives. An assessment spreadsheet including the learning outcomes for children with secure understanding and those working at greater depth enables teachers to keep records of summative assessments for each child.

At Anthony Bek, we take great pride in our art work. Just look at our wonderful collection of art in the hall.

Year 2 have created some wonderful ants as part of their minibeast topic.

Year 2 have created hedgehog inspired natural collages.

Year 3 have used a technique known as 'Pointillism'.

Year 6 have created space themed artwork inspired by Peter Thorpe.