8 Ways of Planning for Primary Art Lessons

Updated: Jul 22

The teaching of art and a design at KS1 and KS2 is explicitly set out in the 2014 National Curriculum and expectations of content taught are high. As a teacher I've seen both art and design and technology being taught either minimally, or not at all. Often this is due to the importance given to subjects usually termed as 'core' subjects. Together with a busy timetable this means art and design often slips away untaught.

It's also a subject - like music and languages - that many primary teachers don't have the required subject knowledge in. Much of teacher training is filled with an emphasis on maths and english that honing ones' skills in art and design often doesn't happen until much later in a teachers' career.

Hence art and design and design and technology are subjects where using a scheme of work can really help. We've spent a few months researching the best schemes out there, and, although there aren't as many as for maths or grammar, the ones that are available will prove very useful for teachers unsure of where to start with planning for art and design.

There are those comprehensive schemes that come with all a teacher needs to pick up and lesson and go. Twinkl's Art & Design planning comes with interactive whiteboard presentations and fantastic pupil materials as done PlanBee's. Kapow has a suite of schemes for different subjects, and includes in this are both art and design and technology.

If you're looking for an easy to use teachers' handbook for basing a larger scheme or curriculum from, then Bloomsbury Publishing has both Teaching Primary Art and Design by Emily Gopaul and the Art Express series by Julia Stanton.

Hopefully that's enough to get you started. Check out the rest of the art schemes we list over at our art & design scheme directory, and a separate design & technology page too.

Please also let us know at robert@schemesupport.co.uk if you know of a great art scheme that we don't list.