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Rivers Primary Academy, Livingstone Road, Blakenall, Walsall, WS3 1LY
Part of Windsor Academy Trust
Year 4 Painting Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh

Art and Design

At Rivers Primary Academy, we are artists!

We want our pupils to love art and we inspire them to aspire to be illustrators, graphic designers, curators, architects or printmakers. We want our pupils to remember their art lessons and embrace the artistic opportunities they are presented with. At Rivers, we follow Access Art for our Art and Design curriculum. 


Our curriculum develops pupils’ aspirations so that they strive to be the best that they can be. The art curriculum empowers children to think creatively and critically, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We aim to enrich our students’ time in our school with memorable experiences.


The art curriculum has been designed to ensure that pupils achieve the key concepts that underpin learning in each key stage. Formal elements of art are taught and revisited across the school ensuring progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills. We use Access Art to support our staff in delivering high quality teaching with learning carefully sequenced in order to deepen understanding of key concepts and it allows all pupils to achieve their full potential.


We aim for all of our children to leave Rivers Primary equipped with the art skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at KS3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. Cumulative quizzes inform the teacher about the impact of the current learning and demonstrate pupils’ retention of previous knowledge. Reviews in art include sketchbook looks, learning walks, pupil and staff voice. All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.

At Rivers Primary Academy, we Inspire to Aspire.