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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Art and Design



A Holy Family artist appreciates art in its many forms. They are inspired to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, showing particular confidence in drawing, painting and sculpture. They know about great artists and how art and design contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


  • Art and design skills are taught discretely, with links to cross curricular themes where appropriate.
  • Teachers follow a progressive, whole school, ‘learning ladder’ covering skills focused upon drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • Class teachers plan at least three art focus units a year, during which skills are developed towards the creation of a final piece.
  • Art lessons account for at least 5% of curriculum time, during the three focus terms.
  • Pupils also learn about a minimum of two different focus artists or craftspeople each year.
  • Bi-annual whole school art weeks provide further enrichment opportunities for pupils 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 assessments at three points across the year. These assessments also inform Teachers' annual reports to parents.