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How have we planned our Art and Design Curriculum?


At Bridekirk Dovenby CE Primary School, Art and Design and Design and Technology begin through the ‘Create’ and 'Investigate' strands of our Early Years Curriculum.




Children in Early Years are encouraged to be creative and imaginative. We provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and a special way of understanding and responding to our world. We enable children to communicate what they see, feel and think, through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities.


Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, we use the Kapow scheme of work.  This scheme of work aims to inspire and develop children’s confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art.  The Kapow Scheme is written by experts in their field and designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talents 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.


Kapow Primary’s Art and Design scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and has been written to fully cover the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progress competencies.  Therefore we engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.”  (NC Art and Design – Purpose of Study)


Kapow Primary is also an Artsmark partner and is able to support us on our journey to become an Artsmark accredited school in the future.  We aim to inspire children and young people to create, experience and participate in great arts and culture.


Links with Cockermouth School help to ensure that, by the end of KS2, pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their learning and have the knowledge and skills they need to take advantage of the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


Due to the pandemic, we are aware that there have been some missed opportunities when it comes to Art and Design.  We aim to fulfil these with inspiring enrichment opportunities alongside our full curriculum which is reflected in our Curriculum Drivers.  This encourages…

  • Initiative and Independence
  • Possibilities Worldwide
  • Active Adventure
  • Community Values


Enrichment opportunities selected aim to consider our local context and build upon its advantages but also highlight wider cultural experiences from around the globe.