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Curriculum Rationale: Art and Design 

Our art and design curriculum aims to help all students gain the necessary academic skills and intellectual habits that will help them develop a wide range of skills and techniques, through the study of great artists and the wide spectrum of art in our present society, which can help them develop and express their own creativity as they prepare to enter the adult world.

Through our art and design curriculum, students will become confident in forming opinions and gain an understanding of art and design throughout history and in today’s society. Students will develop their understanding in the use of visual art and the different styles alongside an appreciation of how art and design is relevant in all areas of their experience within school (for example in Maths) and outside school.

The art and design curriculum at King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool is research informed. We have organised the various art and design topics and associated concepts in appropriately sequenced steps. This is so that students can build their knowledge systematically over time towards ambitious curriculum end points. 

We aim to ensure that all our students who are disadvantaged or have any special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have access to a carefully planned curriculum. Our curriculum aims to provide students with SEND with explicit systematic teaching and rehearsal of knowledge. We also ensure that these students have the time they need to study important subject content in art and design.

Curriculum Intent: Art and Design

The King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool art and design curriculum has been developed to ensure that all students:

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

Year 7 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 8 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 9 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 10 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 11 curriculum overview [click here]

For each curriculum overview, additional documentation is available upon request. This documentation outlines more precisely the exact subject knowledge that your child must know and remember. These documents also include the types of teaching activities that subject staff have chosen to help your son/daughter learn the curriculum here at King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool.


In order to check how well our students are learning the curriculum, teachers use a full range of assessment techniques. These include diagnostic questions to reveal your child’s art and design preconceptions and common misunderstandings, questioning and end of topic/learning cycle assessments.