Creating Brilliant Artists

Miss Evans is the subject leader and champion for ART. 


At Cavendish, we believe that art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils as well as equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art, craft and design. We are committed to enabling children to think critically and develop an increasingly deeper understanding of art and design.  As a school, we want children to leave school knowing how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our community and wider world.


The Art scheme of work at Cavendish aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art.  The scheme implemented intends to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history.

Our devised scheme of work (Kapow Primary) supports pupils to meet the national curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and fully covers the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.


The scheme followed at our school is designed with four strands that run throughout.  These are:

  • Generating ideas

  • Using sketchbooks

  • Making skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)

  • Knowledge of artists

  • Evaluating and analysing

Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes.  The formal elements, a key part of the national curriculum, are also woven throughout units.  Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model.  This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.  Units in each year group are organised into four core areas:

  • Drawing

  • Painting and mixed-media

  • Sculpture and 3D

  • Craft and design

Units selected fully scaffold and support age appropriate sequences learning, and creativity and independent outcomes are embedded into units which supports children in learning how to make their own creative choices, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupils.  Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. 

Experiences in ART... 

Blue Peter Book Club

We have been very excited to have been part of promoting the Blue Peter Book Club with over 10,000 young artists across Greater Manchester. Working alongside artist Emma Martin, who connects young people through art, exploring issues and themes through their creativity. Artwork was inspired by the quote 'Once you learn to read, you will be forever free,' Frederick Douglas (1818 - 1895). The children's hard work is currently displayed in Manchester Library, St. Peter's Square.

Children in Need

EYFS have been learning about why we celebrate Children in Need and have made their own Pudsey Bear using lot's of paint and sparkles. Gorgeous!


Make Your Mark unit, EYFS have been making marks and patterns made by different textures and making simple observational drawings. You have been very busy EYFS!

Make Your Mark unit, Year 1 have been developing their observational drawing skills when exploring mark-making through a variety of materials. very talented Year 1!

Cavendish Road,
West Didsbury,
Manchester M20 1JG
Mrs Taylor: Headteacher
Miss Evans: Deputy Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Hookes: Inclusion lead & SENDCO for years 1-4
Mrs Carroll: Inclusion lead & SENDCO for years 5-6
All available via the school email & telephone number