Knayton C of E Primary Academy

Proud to be part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Stockton Road, Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AN

01845 537291

Executive Headteacher: Mrs A Clay




  • At Knayton, we offer a broad and inclusive art curriculum, based on the Elevate Curriculum Progression Model for art, which is underpinned the National Curriculum.
  • Our approach to art aims to stimulate imagination and creativity in all our children
  • It enables them to communicate what they see, think and feel in ways that words alone simply are not capable of
  • Children experiment in sketchbooks and ensure a universal understanding of the formal elements of art: line, shape, form, tone, colour, texture and pattern, in drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • They explore the work of contemporary, modern and traditional artists, craft makers and designers (including local, national and global)
  • We encourage children to think critically about their art, by reflecting upon and evaluate their own artwork and that of others, thinking about their own artistic response to a given stimulus. 



How Art is taught:


We aim to inspire and challenge our children through a safe and positive learning environment, to achieve excellent standards in art across all year groups from EYFS-Year 6. Through our core values of respect, compassion and courage, we equip our children with the knowledge, skills and confidence to create original pieces of art.



Children are first introduced to the concept of art and design through ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ and ‘Physical Development’, as set out in the EYFS framework:

Expressive Arts & Design

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Explore what happens when they mix colours.
  • Understand that different media can be combined to create new effects.
  • Create simple representations of events, people and objects.
  • Choose particular colours to use for a purpose.
  • Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.
  • Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


Fine Motor Skills

  • Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery
  • Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.


Key Stage 1 and 2

  • Our art curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and Elevate Curriculum Model which carefully sequences knowledge, skills and vocabulary across the formal elements of art: line, shape, form, tone, colour, texture and pattern.
  • These units build progressively year on year by deepening the children’s understanding of each element.
  • We teach these formal elements of art across drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • We have also planned to provide other opportunities for the children to become proficient with other techniques (such as printing) in the form of an art week.


Art is taught weekly in a discrete session, using the following structure:



 Please click here to view our art curriculum.


Here's what our children say:

"It is immersive. When I'm painting or sketching, I can let my mind flow. It helps me concentrate"

"Art at school is always creative and unique"

"My sketch book is useful for practising and using different materials"

"I love that we get to do so many different styles of art. We do drawing, painting, clay, sketching"