Welcome to our Art and Design curriculum page where you will find a range of information about Art and Design at Endeavour Academy.  Our subject leader for Art and Design is Mrs Plummer.



As artists at Endeavour Academy, our learners will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. They will be able to think critically, explore their ideas and record their experiences. They will also be able to evaluate and analyse their own creative works as well as those by other artists using the language of art, craft and design. Through opportunities to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques our children will acquire a range of artistic skills along with a deeper understanding of the subject. By studying great artists, craft makers and designers, and the historical and cultural development of their art forms our learners will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Characteristics of an Endeavour artist:

  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (e.g. line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.



At Endeavour Academy, Art is taught through cross-curricular topics.  Our whole school overview of learning can be viewed here and is used by staff to reinforce, build upon and make links between prior learning in turn supporting pupils to know more and remember more on their journey through school. Experiential learning such as extra-curricular Art Club is used to enhance pupils’ experiences and facilitate bigger, collaborative projects.

Art - Overview

Teaching and learning in Art is organised around school identified key concepts that we refer to as ‘big ideas’.  These big ideas enable us to focus our attention on the most meaningful content which for Art we have identified as:

  • Developing Ideas;
  • Drawing, Painting and Sculpture;
  • Art and Design Techniques;
  • The Work of Well-Known Artists.

Knowledge, skills and understanding in Art are developed around these same ideas and built progressively year on year.  Our school progression documents illustrate how this is mapped out across school.

Art - Progression

At Endeavour Academy we are committed to using opportunities within Art to educate our pupils to be the best versions of themselves in order to become valuable and fully rounded members of society. Our Art curriculum is designed to encompass meaningful SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development and promote British Values through a variety of engaging learning experiences. You can read more about our integrated approach to personal development through Art below.

Art - Personal Development



The Art and Design subject leader, supported by the Headteacher and Senior Leaders, takes responsibility for ensuring children are progressing as expected in Art.  They regularly monitor planning and children’s work to evaluate curriculum delivery and standards. Teachers complete Art assessments termly and this data is used by the Art leader to inform curriculum developments.



As part of our commitment to raising aspirations for all pupils we want to develop an understanding in our pupils of how learning Art can be useful to them in their everyday lives (see pupil voice above) or in their future careers.  Here are some jobs pupils can aspire to as artists:

  • Graphic novel author
  • Accessory designer (e.g shoes, bags, hats)
  • Logo/branding designer
  • Architect
  • Animator
  • Photographer
  • Special effects make-up artist
  • Art therapist

More ideas can be found at https://www.firstcareers.co.uk/



  1. Get messy!
    Try to get hold of as many different types of drawing and painting resources as you can to let your child get creative and explore creating art using different materials. Paints, chalk, crayons, pens, pencils, modelling clay and much more can be found in discount shops and supermarkets. Just don’t forget to put lots of newspaper down first!
  2. Use household objects creatively
    Alternatively, instead of buying materials, let them get creative using things around the house – for example, pasta and pulses to create pictures using glue.   Encourage experimentation and resist the urge to set the art agenda.  You can find ideas to try through the link here https://www.tate.org.uk/kids
  3. Keep a sketch book
    Encourage your child to keep a sketch book. Suggest that they take it with them when they go out so that they can look for things to sketch – a tree, a building, a scene. Alternatively, if they see something they would like to draw, take a photo on your phone and let them sketch from it when they are home.
  4. Celebrate your child's art
    Praise your child’s creations and encourage them not to get disheartened if they feel they have made ‘mistakes’. Explain that art is about being creative and trying out different things. There is no right or wrong way to do things. You could even ‘frame’ their work using coloured paper or card and create a little gallery on the kitchen wall or in their bedroom to display their work.
  5. Discuss and enjoy art together
    Find out about local art galleries or museums that you can visit with your child. There is the Astley Cheetham gallery in Stalybridge and Central Gallery in Ashton or The Lowry Museum and the Manchester Art Gallery in Manchester. Encourage them to talk about what they see and to share their opinions – about subject matter, colours, what materials the artist used, and so on.  You can find and explore a range of artists through this link https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/whos-who



You can also nurture your child’s passion for Art through their love of reading; The website below has recommendations and reviews of all kinds of art themed books, fiction and non-fiction, for children of all ages. You will also find books on other themes which are beautifully illustrated.  https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk

  Mona Lisa in New York A Vanishing of GriffinsThe Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau Book Cover for How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly BlackLet's Make Some Great Art: Patterns