Art & Design  

Art & Design links with the wider curriculum areas as it lends itself to all of them. 

Discrete opportunities to explore Art & Design form part of our curriculum enrichment; for example making lanterns with the Rye Arts/Radiator Arts for the Rye Christmas Procession, taking part each year in the Winchelsea Advent Windows and entering local Art competitions.

Our Art and Design curriculum aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. We believe it is important to nurture creativity, encourage risk-taking and the exploration of their own ideas, whilst helping our children to be reflective learners, through the creative curriculum.  

At St Thomas’, we follow the Kapow Art and Design scheme of work to ensure our pupils will have opportunities to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learn about art and artists across cultures and through history.

By using Kapow as our Art and Design scheme, we are enabling our children to meet the end of key stage attainment targets in the National Curriculum. These can be found in individual unit planning and in our progression documents.

Units are organised around four core areas: 

  • Drawing 
  • Painting and mixed media 
  • Sculpture and 3D 
  • Craft and Design 

Fundamental Concepts 

There are five key strands that run throughout our curriculum. These are: 

  • Generating ideas 
  • Using sketchbooks 
  • Making skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern and colour) 
  • Knowledge of artists 
  • Evaluating and analysing  

    Kapow’s Art and Design scheme has been designed as a spiral curriculum, which means the key aims and principles of the curriculum are revisited each year. The key principles we will be following with the Kapow scheme are:  
  • Cyclical: Pupils return to the key strands again and again during their time in primary school. 
  • Increasing depth: Each time the key strand is revisited, it is covered with greater complexity. 
  • Prior knowledge: Upon returning to each key strand, prior knowledge is utilised so pupils can build upon previous foundations, rather than starting again. 

Art in our Community.
We have strong links with our community and participate in local art exhibitions and competitions whilst inviting a range of local artists into school to work with the children.

Our Art & Design Subject Leader is Mrs Dee Rampling.

Art & Design


two year cycle art curriculum.pdf


St Thomas Art & Design Intent

Please click on the document to read our Art & Design curriculum intent. 

The Arts at St Thomas'.pdf

Progression in Art & Design

Please click on the document to see how children progress in Art & Design. 

Progression in Art & Design.pdf

Useful websites

Useful Art and DT Websites Below.pdf