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Curriculum Intent

Belsay Primary School aims to develop citizens of global change through equipping them with knowledge and understanding of world affairs to help them to be informed members of society with a strong sense of social responsibility and justice. 

The Art and Design Curriculum aims to develop our children as inquisitive, creative learners who demonstrate skills across a wide range of artistic disciplines, demonstrating a thirst for knowledge and a desire to improve their own practice while engaging with an intensive variety of artists across the centuries.

Children are taught to explore, develop, express and reason values and opinions supporting them to make informed choices about how they engage with the world around them.  The children will have a deep understanding of their place in the world and understand how Art can be used to shape, inspire, communicate and evoke emotion.


  • The National Curriculum has been broken down into four key concepts, Creativity, Technique, Artist’s Work and Evaluation, enabling the children to systematically cover a range of technique and disciplines, studying both Contemporary Artist’s and Old Masters across their Primary education.
  • Our curriculum is underpinned by the Oxfam Education for Global Citizenship with seven global learning themes developing knowledge and understanding, skills and values and attitudes.
  • Our school values serve to add integrity to attitudes and responses to the subject and to improve the learning environment
  • From Reception through to Year Six children are taught to critique, respond to, refine and evaluate.
  • Children are exposed to an extensive range of vocabulary which builds year on year.

The attachment below sets out additional content to support the Global Curriculum as outlined in the Long Term Curriculum Plan.