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Art & Design Policy


St Peter’s RC Primary School

Art and Design Policy


  • Produce creative work
  • Explore their own ideas
  • Record their experiences
  • Become proficient at drawing, painting, sculpting
  • Become proficient at general art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using artistic language
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers
  • Understand historical and cultural developments of art forms

KS1 Objectives (detailed breakdown at the end of this policy):

  • 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.

KS2 Objectives (detailed breakdown at the end of this policy):

  • 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]
  • To study great artists, architects and designers in history.

The Foundation Stage:

We encourage creative work in our expanding Reception class, as this is part of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. We relate the creative development of the children to the objectives set out in the Foundation Stage Assessment, which underpin the curriculum planning.

The children’s learning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play. The range of experience encourages children to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extends their understanding.

Setting the children’s learning in a brand new Foundation Stage area, we provide a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity. Children experience a wide range of activities that they respond to, using the various senses. The activities that they take part in are imaginative and enjoyable.

Teaching and Learning:

Art and design activities are taught in a variety of ways across St Peter’s RC Primary School, sometimes in blocks of taught time, as part of a topic, or in short skills-based activities where necessary. Art and Design has relevance across the curriculum and links with other subjects throughout the school. For example, most of our Art and Design has been incorporated into St Peter’s long-term planning of History and Geography topics. These links can be seen on our whole-school planning grids.

Breadth and balance:

We will ensure that in any key stage the activities of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, textiles, 3D design and digital media are covered.  We will ensure that pupils will develop their creative ideas in both expressive and craft design contexts and that their work will be informed by visual investigation from direct observation and other reference materials.

The study of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from the locality, the past and present and a variety of cultures will be an integral part of practical art and design activities.



By the end of Key Stage 1, the performance of the great majority of the pupils should be within the range of levels 1 to 3. Most pupils are expected to achieve level 2.

By the end of Year 4, the performance of the great majority of pupils should be in the range of levels 1 to 4. Most pupils are expected to achieve level 3.

By the end of Key Stage 2, the performance of the great majority of the pupils should be within the range of levels 3 to 5. Most pupils are expected to achieve level 4.

Cross-curricular skills and links:

An understanding and application of visual language impacts upon every aspect of our lives and culture. It pervades the whole curriculum through the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes which are central to all art and design activities.  By teaching Art and Design through our various History and Geography topics, many opportunities will be provided to develop pupils’:

  • creative skills
  • knowledge and understanding of the world around them
  • sense of time and place
  • awareness of the ideas, attitudes and beliefs of others within linked activities between art and other subjects

Pupils will engage in learning through art, in art and about art.  In planning cross-curricular links with art we will ensure that these are mutually enriching.

Assessment and recording:

Assessment is based on a combination of teacher assessment, peer assessment and pupil self-assessment. Each term, all pupils’ records are updated and this should be used to inform the End of Year Reports, which give a numbered grade for ‘Effort’ and ‘Achievement’.

Beginning September 2014, the Art and Design subject leader will keep evidence of the children’s work (one higher, one middle and one lower level) in a portfolio each academic year. This will be used to demonstrate what the expected level of achievement is in art and design in each year of St Peter’s.


We recognise the fact that we have children of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies that are essential to developing a more inclusive curriculum:

  • Setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of


  • Setting tasks of increasing difficulty where not all children complete all tasks;
  • Providing a range of challenges with different resources;
  • Using additional adults to support the work of individual children or small groups.
  • ICT programmes and appropriate tools and equipment are provided to ensure that all pupils have sufficient access to the art and design curriculum.
  • Ensuring that children with Special Educational Needs will be given an equal opportunity to study Art and Design. These children will be provided with all of the necessary materials to succeed and be inspired, supported by their 1-1 support where necessary.The role of parents and carers:Parents and carers are encouraged to be involved with their pupils’ learning through looking at art and design displays, and viewing and commenting on any artwork that has been added to St Peter’s school website.Review:Curriculum plans, samples of pupils’ work, classroom displays and discussions with staff will be used by the Art and Design Leader to evaluate the quality of the art and design curriculum in the school.  
  • November 2016 – Regina Parnell (Art and Design Leader)
  • Policy reviewed: