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Art and Design

Art and Design exploration at Balksbury Federation...

Art and Design at Balksbury Federation plays an integral part of the curriculum. The Federation strongly believes it is an important tool for developing a range of key transferable skills for life such as creativity, innovation, resilience and communication. Our Art and Design curriculum aims to develop these skills in all children by the time they leave us in Year 6. As well as these skills for life, Art and Design is fantastic for developing children’s fine and gross motor skills and provides alternative ways for children to communicate ideas.


See below the overview of what the children will be learning for each unit and the progression of skills which shows how the the learning progresses from Year R to Year 6.




Art Intent, Implementation, Impact statement

Balksbury Federation Art and Design Curriculum Overview

Balksbury Federation Art and Design Progression of Skills

Teaching Safeguarding and Wellbeing through Art and Design 


  • Develop resilience and perseverance to keep trying and applying knowledge through practise 
  • Increase own self-esteem and achieve a personal best by not comparing themselves to others  
  • Understand that all art should be respected and valued 
  • Understand that everyone can be an artist, and that everyone has a different opinion of what is ‘good art’ 
  • Accept that an outcome might not be as expected and to maintain a positive mindset 
  • Celebrate success with positive praise for self and others and give constructive feedback when giving an opinion  
  • Reflect on making choices and changes to artwork after accepting reflections from others 
  • Accept and recognise the differences of the human form and viewing life drawings with respect