Art and Photography


At Royds Academy, we believe that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative procedural understanding. We provide a broad balanced curriculum with opportunities to develop skills in a range of media and techniques. We use Art as a medium to express respect, emotion and thought to enhance students’ personal, social, emotional and cultural development, as pupils regularly discuss their own and others work.

Our Key Stage 3 Art curriculum provides students with the opportunity to learn the skills of drawings, painting, printing, collage and sculpture and they are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Students are introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists.

In Key Stage 4 our Art, Photography and Textiles curriculum, students are encouraged to be independent learners and form their own creative thinking. We aim to inspire pupils to embrace the subject and be resilient in all they do. Pupils are expected to take risks and experiment, then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project. At Key Stage 4, pupils will have the opportunity to develop their drawing, painting, printing and collage skills further, but also be introduced to new techniques, processes and materials in Art.


Our curriculum is organised in such a way that provides our students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning so that we can achieve our #LiveLoveLearn mission.  Our strategic intent is therefore very simple – we strive to create a curriculum which:

  • Supports the opportunity to learn new techniques, processes and materials, which over time builds to master skills and knowledge within the Arts.
  • Allows students to have a love for learning.
  • Challenges and supports individual needs.
  • Provide students with skills that are adaptable and transferable to many areas of education and life beyond school.
  • Build an ethos of high expectation and aspiration.

Implementation: Design

To implement our intended objectives, we recognise that our curriculum has to be focused on mastery of skills, as well as introducing students to a wide range of Arts.

In Year 7 and 8 pupils will focus on mastery and knowledge of the formal elements. In Year 9, pupils will be introduced to a wide range of drawings, painting, printing, textiles and 3D skills. They will be taught resilience when using new challenging materials. Students will be expected to reflect on their own work, learn from their mistakes and find creative solutions. They will acquire knowledge that will inform future independent choices when devising outcomes for their own projects in Years 10 and 11. In the exam years, pupils will be encouraged to aim high and dream big creating aspirational projects. 

Further Information

To find out more about the content of the curriculum for each year group, please see our five year Art, Photography and Textiles curriculum map.

If you require more detailed information, please email the Head of Department. Mrs Owen’s email address is

Subject Documents Date  
Five Year Art Photography and Textiles Curriculum 29th Jul 2021 Download