Holy Family Catholic Primary and Nursery School

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Art and Design 

'O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay, and you are our potter;we are the work of your hand'

Isaiah 64:8

Art and Design Intent

At Holy Family, our art and design curriculum provides our children with the opportunities to ;

  • Learn, develop and master artistic skills – painting, drawing, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art.
  • Express their individual interests, thought and ideas.
  • Take inspiration from famous artists developing their understanding of the history of art.
  • Where appropriate, adopt a cross curricular approach to enable art to be studied across a range of subject areas.

 Children will be taught the knowledge and skills to create their own work of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art, therefore showing an understanding of how art reflects and shapes our history, and contribute to the culture and creativity of our nation.

Art and Design Implementation

The teaching of Art at Holy Family has been adapted from the ‘Kapow’ and covers all aspects of the National Curriculum. The scheme was chosen based on the subject experts who created the scheme and we believe that the progression framework will give the pupils opportunity to develop their ability, nurture, talent and interests.  

There are four strands that run throughout our Art curriculum: Making skills, Formal Elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern and colour), Knowledge of artists and evaluating. Through the carefully designed scheme of work, key skills are revisited again and again becoming increasingly specific and in depth, ensuring learning is being built upon and allowing pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.

At Holy Family, we have mixed aged classes and therefore follow a 2-year rolling cycle with clearly defined end points. These show that by the end of KS1 all children will have been taught all objectives for year 1 and 2, by the end of year 4 all children will have been taught all objectives for year 3 and 4 and by the end of year 6 all children will have been taught all objectives for year 5 and 6.

The scheme develops the knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements discretely through the units and practical work. Each unit has a specific artist which will have a direct focus for each phase to enhance the children’s learning.  We encourage our talented artists, who have mastered the key skills, to take part in art events involving the local community.
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year, progress is tracked and recorded at the end of every unit and this information is used to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.

Art and Design Impact

We will develop artists that:

  • Demonstrate a passion for art and are able to apply their skills to create and express their own artistic interests.
  • Learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills.
  • Have independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • Have the ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
  • Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.

Curriculum Documents


Art and Design National Curriculum

Art and Design Whole School Overview

Art in action at Holy Family

More information to follow

Key Vocabulary

Please click here to access the key vocabulary that will be taught in relation to our Design and Technology units of work