Art and Design Milefield primary school


Our approach to the Art & Design curriculum is through thematic/topic based approach underpinned by the HCAT accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning.

The key concepts, principles and themes have been developed from the National Curriculum into a range of progressive knowledge and skills through which the children are helped to grow and develop to succeed in 21st century Britain and ensure children 'learn and remember more'. Our progressive document is split into 5 sections and shows the progression from transition to KS2, these are: drawing, painting, photography, 3D and printing. This knowledge and skills based curriculum allows a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to move away from discrete lessons into a more meaningful, engaging, topic based approach.

The Art curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. As it is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious supporting each unique child to reach their full potential.


At Milefield we want children to progress by building on their knowledge and skills each year. We believe that children should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art as they progress through each year group. They should also know how art reflects and molds our history, and how it has contributed to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Our progressive documents reflect this and support our teachers to deliver appropriate lessons for the children they teach.

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has encourages active engagement through multi- sensory learning, provides a variety of opportunities to demonstrate the child's understanding and the consolidation of knowing.

On Twitter you can search #MFPSART which showcases the learning which is happening across school, specifically linked to art.


Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

Insight is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.

Art and Design Skills Document