Art and Design


Our Art and Design curriculum has been specifically tailored to meet the unique context of our school. It is designed to be broad and balanced, providing all pupils with the opportunity to master their learning and deepen their knowledge, making sense and giving purpose as to why we learn about Art and Design. Our hope is all children experience the freedom of expressing themselves creatively, inspired by other artists, techniques and working with a variety of materials to enhance their knowledge and their overall well-being.


At Our Lady’s R.C Primary School, we follow a broad and balanced Art and Design curriculum. We believe that art, craft and design should engage, inspire and challenge pupils and work across a broad spectrum of subjects. We aim to give our children the tools and skills they need to invent and create their own masterpieces.


We aim to build high levels of competence in the subject specific skills of:

  • Inspiration from artists
  • Ideas and techniques
  • Art skills (selecting appropriate tools, using tools to create different forms of art)



Art and Design is taught through the framework of the National curriculum. The principles and content of its requirements have been carefully placed at the heart of the schools programmes of study in art and design.

We follow a curriculum overview based on a two yearly cycle of topics. Teachers from EYFS, Key Stage 1, Lower Key stage 2, and Upper Key stage 2, discuss topics together. This enables colleagues to share ideas, their curriculum strengths and resources and allows a consistent application of the curriculum throughout the Key stages.

A curriculum coverage file is kept enabling both class teachers and the subject leader to monitor coverage and identify progress.

Art and design is taught throughout the school by all teaching teams and encouraged across all subjects where possible. We believe this inspires children’s imagination, enabling them to think creatively planning and discussing their ideas in a variety of areas while creating and evaluating their work throughout the process.



An art specialist is also a weekly visitor to the school leading Art Club. This is open to year groups on rotation and at the discretion of parents and Guardians.

Opportunities for ‘art’ visits/trips externally are encouraged when and where possible.



Resources are located in each classroom with additional resources ordered throughout the year by the Business Manager.



Assessments are carried out in various forms:


  • Final pieces of work can be assessed by class
  • Whole-class assessment based on year group expectations.

Work is compiled in subject folders throughout the year. Outcomes from these are used to inform teachers which areas have been covered and to what extent the year-group have met the curriculum age-related expectations. This combined with other forms of monitoring help to inform the subject leader’s position statement and action plan in art and design for the following school year and to inform aspects of learning that need to be strengthened to improve the quality of provision and to enhance pupil progress.



A high quality of art and design education aims to develop a range of skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, particularly English, Science, Mathematics, PHSE, R.E and Topic (History and Geography).  Children will:


  • produce creative work using the skills they have
  • explore their ideas and record their experiences.
  • become skilled in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design
  • evaluate and analyse creative
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers


Get in touch

Our Lady's RC Primary School

Whalley Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8AW

Head of School Anna Ward and Executive Head Catherine Gordon

0161 226

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