Member of Staff Responsible: Mrs Diane Myers

Review Date: September 2020


At Leigh St Peter’s CE Primary School, we believe Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation


The curriculum aims will ensure that all our pupils:    

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


At Leigh St Peter’s CE Primary School, we aim to provide opportunities for children to experience art, designing, making and modifying, using a wide range of materials.   

We aim to develop children’s Art and Design capability through:

  • Providing meaningful assignments that allow children to contribute through their ideas in discussions and planning when appropriate from the familiar to the unfamiliar.
  • Providing learning situations, which reflect different social, cultural, economic, historical, environmental and moral contexts.
  • Providing links to ideas, people and materials across the world where appropriate.
  • The provision of a safe working environment.
  • Allow opportunities to evaluate and discuss.
  • Peer-produced products.
  • Making cross-curricular links where appropriate.
  • Develop a strong foundation of knowledge about a range of influential artists as they journey throughout school.

Art is taught within thematic curriculum topics, allowing children to use knowledge and skills from a wide range of other curriculum areas. This will be achieved through practical activities in which children plan, make and evaluate, to meer their intended purpose or design criteria. Children will be given the opportunities to investigate and explore their audiences and develop specific skills linked to different artists. Children will use an iterative design process whereby ideas may be transformed into objects as they continually evaluate their work. They will also have the opportunity to investigate and evaluate existing pieces of art. It is hoped that they will have enjoyable, practical, learning experiences.


In order to fulfil our intent, Art is planned for across the key stages and to fall in line with statutory guidelines. Artist studies are planned carefully around the children’s interests, providing opportunities for the development of skills and integration with other subjects. Learning activities are sequenced to ensure progression and taught through direct skills teaching. Children can then embark on the iterative making process, choosing from their range of developing skills.


Planning for Art is embedded through each thematic curriculum topic knowledge, skills and concept organiser. Class teachers will embed skills through projects linked to the content of each topic covered. We ensure, where possible, we make use of the local environment and the cross-curricular links within topics and year groups. Our topic knowledge, skills and concept organisers give more detailed information on learning expectations throughout the creative curriculum topic and there are links to other subject areas based on the objectives in the curriculum mind map. The Art subject leader keeps and reviews and monitors these organisers. The class teacher is responsible for annotating the thematic mind maps and KSC organisers (medium-term plans) to reflect how the process is going. These plans list the specific learning objectives of each lesson and reflect differentiated tasks based on the teacher’s assessment of the children’s ability.


We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Art lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding. Sometimes we do this through whole-class teaching, while at other times we engage the children in a research and design and make activity. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer questions, which will help them to investigate and evaluate work that they are presented with. They have the opportunity to use various materials. They use ICT during Art lessons where it enhances their learning. The children develop their speaking and listening skills through discussions, evaluations and presenting reports to the rest of the class. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities.  


Assessment is used to inform future planning and to provide information about individuals throughout their time in this school. Assessment techniques will ensure that teachers assess the on-going design process and not just the finished products or outcomes.   

These techniques should include:  

  • Teachers’ observation of pupils  
  • Teacher – pupil discussion and teacher questioning  
  • Pupils’ drawings, notes, models, comments and written work  
  • Artefacts made by pupils  
  • Pupils’ on-going analysis of their achievements  
  • Photographs of children engaged in the design process  
  • Use of ICT as appropriate 

When reviewing the children’s progress in Art and Design, teachers must consider children’s: 

  • Knowledge, skills and understanding  
  • Ability to develop, plan and communicate ideas  
  • Ability to work with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products  
  • Ability to evaluate processes and products  
  • Knowledge and understanding of materials and components 

We assess children’s work in Art and Design by making informal judgements as we observe them during lessons. On completion of a piece of work (the outcome), the teacher marks the work and comments as necessary, moving the children forward. At the end of each term, teachers will complete a thematic curriculum assessment, through which the Art skills taught so far will be stated. Teachers will record the name of the children who are on target, those who are exceeding and those who require further support through Target Tracker. This assessment will be given to the Art  coordinator to analyse and review.  


Health and safety is vital when undertaking any Art project. Risk assessments are completed for all tools and are stored on the schools computer shared area for all staff members to access, before setting up any equipment. It is the responsibility of all staff to establish safe practice in the classroom. A set of safety guidelines for design and technology can be referred to in the Health and Safety School Policy. 


Children will be able to:  

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. 
  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. 
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. 
  • About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. 
  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. 
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]. 
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.