Holy Trinity CofE Primary School

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School



Holy Trinity's Art scheme of work aims to inspire our children and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art as an important part of their entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. It is designed to empower all of our young learners, including those with SEND, to develop their ability, nurture their talent, express their individual interests, ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of great artists and designers and the British Isles and beyond.

At Holy Trinity, art and design skills are taught, learned, embedded and built upon in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed as they progress through primary school and beyond.

We support our children to reach the National Curriculum end of key stage attainment targets, whilst knowing how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


At Holy Trinity, we teach Art weekly in half term blocks throughout the year, alternating with Design & Technology (DT).

Our scheme of work is designed with 5 strands that run throughout. These are:

  •          Making skills (including formal elements – line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
  •          Generating ideas (taking inspiration from a range of artists and crafts people)
  •          Using sketchbooks
  •          Knowledge of artists (work and techniques)
  •          Evaluating and analysing (critiquing their own work and that of others)

Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements (as shown above) which are a key part of the NC, are also woven throughout units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a ‘spiral’ curriculum model which allows pupils to revise and build on previous learning. Units in each year group are organised into 4 core areas:

  •          Drawing
  •          Painting and mixed-media
  •          Sculpture and 3D
  •          Craft and design

Our units fully scaffold and support essential and age-appropriate sequenced learning, as well as being flexible enough to be adapted to form cross curricular links with our frequently updated curriculum at Holy Trinity, should we wish to. Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting children in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.

Lessons are practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning, with children using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Every lesson can be, and is, differentiated to ensure that they can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils, and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning if required, are provided. Knowledge Organisers for each unit support our children by providing a highly visual record of the key knowledge and techniques learned, encouraging recall of skills processes, key facts and vocabulary.

We show the children videos created by subject specialists to help pupils to see art techniques modelled by experts, to ensure delivery of Art at Holy Trinity is of the highest quality.


Holy Trinity’s Art & Design curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in 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 (the knowledge and skills for organizing and controlling one's own thinking, actions, and learning processes), and have a growing understanding of how to improve.

The impact of the lessons can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson enables teachers to assess pupils against the learning objectives and each unit has a quiz.

After the implementation of our Art & Design curriculum, the children should leave Holy Trinity equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art and design learning at KS3 and beyond.

The expected impact of our scheme of work is that our children:

  •          Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
  •          Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  •          Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.
  •          Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
  •          Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Art and Design.
Our Art Curriculum Map:
Holy Trinity's Progression of Skills in Art: