Art and Design

In the Riviera Education Trust, we aim for a high-quality Art and Design curriculum to engage, inspire and challenge pupils. Pupils will develop the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create own works of art. The curriculum is designed around these key themes: 

  • Thinking critically, exploring ideas, recording experiences 
  • Techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture and digital technology
  • How art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


The curriculum is designed around these key strands: 

  • Developing Ideas – Sketchbooks
  • Elements of Art – colour, line, texture, pattern, tone and space
  • Responding to Art – Artist Study
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • 3D
  • Printmaking
  • Pastels


Implementation - what does art learning look like at Shiphay Learning Academy? 

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences  
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques  
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design  
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


At Shiphay, units of work are taught termly and a chosen artist is studied in each strand. Across the years at Shiphay, the children will build on key skills and elements of art and will explore these new skills in their sketchbook; a place for children to express themselves and be creative. From Year 1, the children will have a sketchbook that they take up through the school with them, so they can see the development of their skills as an artist and reflect on previous artists they have explored. See pictures below for examples of imaginative and creative sketchbook pages from across the years.

Sketchbook Pictures