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Biggin Hill School, Bromley

Art & Design

Curriculum Intent

At Biggin Hill Primary School we aim to enable all young people, whatever their circumstances or ability, to participate within and enjoy art and to enable all young people to develop and achieve in line with their age and potential.

We aim to inspire children and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art so that they are able to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. We want our children to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques and be able to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. We aim to give children every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond.


There are four strands of learning that run throughout the children’s learning. These are:

  • Making
  • Formal elements
  • Knowledge of Artists
  • Evaluation

These strands are revisited in every unit of work taught. In Art and Design Skills and Formal Elements units children have the opportunity to learn and practise skills discreetly. The skills and knowledge from these units are then applied in the final unit of the year. Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning.

The curriculum develops children’s knowledge and understanding of a variety of artists and art movements through making links to their own artwork.

We ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and that there are opportunities to stretch the children’s learning.

Art is implemented across the curriculum. In other subjects, art is used to enhance learning. In history, children have learnt about cave painting and looked at portraits of historical figures. In geography children have learnt about traditional drawing and painting from countries around the world.

Art Road Map Art Progression of Skills

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