Crakehall Church of England Primary School

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Our Curriculum


At the Synergy Schools Federation, our Art and Design scheme of work aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art.

The curriculum is founded on the Kapow Primary scheme of work which provides a comprehensive, motivating and progressive model, written by subject experts.

The curriculum has key strands that run throughout. These are:

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

Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part to the national curriculum, are also woven throughout units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model which promotes memory retention and allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.

Units are organised into four core areas:

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

Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into the Kapow units, which support children in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions. The children are also involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and improvements they need to make. Children should not only know facts and key information about art but will be able to talk about their own learning journey.

The Kapow scheme is also supported by a yearly art day, where the children are given the opportunity to further express their creativity against a given theme, by using their knowledge of art disciplines to create their own piece of work.

Curriculum & Subject Progression

Art Scheme of Learning - mixed age class

Art Subject Progression Sheet

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Synergy Trust Schools

About Synergy Schools

Synergy Schools is a federation of primary schools in the north of North Yorkshire. The federation was formed in September 2018 after the 2017-18 academic year, when Brompton-on-Swale and Crakehall CE Primary Schools successfully shared senior leadership capacity.