Holy Family Catholic Primary and Nursery School

Bush Babies Nursery

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 is based on the National Curriculum and is delivered through a 2 year rolling cycle with clearly defined end points. The children are taught 3 units of art across the year which build on prior learning and where possible, these are linked to topics to provide cross curricular links to this creative subject.

Areas covered include sculpture, mosaics, printing based on topic work, such as the Tudor houses, nature, painting, pointillism, graffiti and the works of the Impressionist artists.  

The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning. The children’s learning is further enhanced with a whole school Art day, where the children have the opportunity to explore the different styles and techniques of different artists.

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 term 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.
  • Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.

Curriculum Documents

Holy Family Whole School Overview

Progression of Knowledge and Skills

Art and Design National Curriculum