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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. 

Curriculum Aim: 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


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 summative assessments twice per year.