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Art & Design Curriculum


Statement of intent:

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 and create their own work. 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. Art education should foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts, and a knowledge of artists.


The writing of this policy, alongside the ‘Long Term Curriculum Implementation Plan’ has been informed by the school’s research into best practice. Key sources used to inform school practice include membership access to the NSEAD publications and resources and a comprehensive summary of research findings in to the teaching of art.


Aims of our art curriculum:

  • 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.


Heap Bridge teaching process/pedagogy:



Implementation Planning:

Subject Knowledge & Curriculum Planning

To ensure a clear focus on the above priorities the school has set out a detailed ‘Long Term Curriculum Implementation Plan’  which clearly sets out a progression framework for pupil’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding across the range of curriculum content taught from Year 1 to Year 6.



Use of sketchbooks

Sketchbooks are used from Year 1 through to Year 6 to regularly record, collect and investigate ideas, images and wider research, relevant to current and ongoing work. The sketchbook will provide a solid evidence base for the work pupils undertake within the ‘investigate & research’ and discover & connect’ aspects of the art and design teaching process, enabling pupils to develop their ideas in a central, personal space, from year to year.

Sketchbooks will also provide a place for year group assessment overviews, to mark the beginning of each school year’s programme of work and provide an area for teachers to record their ongoing assessment of pupils work and artistic development.


Collaborative Projects: Our local area...

Over the past few years the school has worked collaboratively within the Arch Alliance and local community to develop large scale art projects, linked to local history and working with a range of local artists.

An example of one these projects is represented below.



The impact of our work in art is assessed using the end point statements at the end of the implementation plan. This is evidenced through children's finished artwork, sketchbooks and the discussions teachers and school leaders have with pupils about their learning. A sample of children's experiences across the curriculum can also be seen on our school blog.

Art Blog

Below is a selection of blog posts from the school blog linked to the work children have enjoyed within this subject. Our blog represents a selection of the diverse work we produce across the curriculum. Other subjects can be viewed by navigating our blog using the menu at the top of the blog page.


 A copy of our policy for art and other subject specific documents can be found in our art One Drive folders below: 


Subject Policy