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




From the moment our children come through the doors in reception, they are given art experiences that:

  • Inspire them to express themselves as individuals in a creative way
  • Value process over product and feel confident to develop their art skills
  • Allow them to experiment with different materials and techniques
  • Explore the work of great artists, craft makers and designers (including local, national and global)
  • Encourage them to become proficient in drawing, painting and sculpture
  • Provide opportunities for the evaluation and analysis of creative works using the language of art, craft and design


Our curriculum is guided by the following academic fingerprint:

Children will:

  • Become fluent with techniques and media across the formal elements of art in drawing, painting and sculpture
  • Experiment and make informed artistic choices
  • Reflect upon and evaluate their own artwork and that of others, thinking about their own artistic response to a given stimulus


How Art is taught:

  • Teaching of art at Knayton at is based on the aims and purposes outlined in the National Curriculum and has fidelity to the academic discipline of art.
  • In EYFS, the children are provided with a wide range of media and materials in our environment. Children can choose ways to do things, and are given opportunities to explore different mediums, processes and techniques. This is supported by adult modelling and interaction.
  • From Year 1 to Year 6, art is taught during discrete, weekly sessions and inspired by the work of great artists.
  • The art curriculum for Year 1 to Year 6 has been designed with three formal taught units per year group: drawing, painting and sculpture. Each of these include components, which extend beyond the requirements of the national curriculum. These units build progressively, year on year, by deepening the children’s understanding of the formal key elements of art: line, shape, form, tone, colour, texture and pattern.
  • A knowledge-rich curriculum, underpinned by a progression of knowledge and skills, ensures that by the end of Key Stage 2, children know, understand and apply the key elements of art across drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • ‘Knayton Art week’ allows us to celebrate our art curriculum as we host an art exhibition to showcase the children’s work to the local community 
  • The use of individual sketch books allows the children practise, develop and record art skills over time and ensures they focus on 'process not product'.



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"