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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Art and Design



Our Art and Design curriculum develops creativity, confidence and self-expression. Children are engaged and inspired through challenging, stimulating experiences. Teaching encourages cultural richness and a life-long appreciation of the Arts. Children become curious, critical thinkers, equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, create and showcase their own masterpieces and to inspire future generations of artists, crafts people, curators and audiences.


Art and design is linked mainly to creative curriculum topics or Religious Education. Teachers follow a progressive, whole school, ‘learning ladder’ covering skills from the broad topics of: investigating and exploring; drawing; painting; 3D modelling or form; and, printing and pattern. Class teachers plan at least three art focus units a year, during which skills are developed towards the creation of a finished piece. Each year group also learns about at least two focus artists or craftspeople.

*See attached files below showing:

  • Learning ladders'/skills progression and suggested focus artists for Reception-Y6
  • Art - Topic Links

Art lessons account for at least 5% of curriculum time, during the three focus terms.

Bi-annual whole school art weeks provide further opportunities for the children to learn about: different forms of art; famous artists and art movements; and art through time or around the world.

There are further opportunities to explore art in and through nature during regular Forest School sessions.

Measuring Impact

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Teachers assess children’s work in Art and Design whilst observing them working during lessons. These observations are used to inform formal assessments at three points across the year. These assessments also inform Teachers' annual reports to parents.