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Art and design


It is our aim at The Holt Primacy School to provide our children with opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. For our pupils to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. It is our goal to help them to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape and form. We want them to know about and be inspired by great artists and craftsmen and women.

'Every child is an artist.' Picasso


Art has a very important place in our curriculum. It nurtures creative thinking skills as well as ensures pupils learn through art as well as about art. It allows pupils to connect with the past, embrace the present and shape the future. We see art as a vehicle for creativity and individual expression and it provides opportunities for collaborative work. It is an important form of cultural expression and, therefore, has significance and meaning for all our children. Our teaching, using the AccessArt Curriculum, provides an understanding of all the diverse art forms so that the children experience drawing, sketchbooks, painting, collage, textiles, 3D designs and printmaking. 

National curriculum in England: art and design programmes of study - GOV.UK (

 In all Art lessons we will reinforce our school’s characteristics of good learning:

 Respect. Reflective. Responsible. Resourceful. Resilient. Reasoning.


Our Art and Design Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. By the end of the primary journey, we aim for all our pupils to have developed a wide range of skills and techniques as well as an appreciation of art, artists, craftspeople and designers. We aim for links to be made to the past, present and future and to see themselves as an artist.


If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
  • A celebration of learning at the end of a unit
  • Pupil discussions about their learning

The impact of our art and design curriculum will be measured by assessment procedures which allow us to measure outcomes against statements outlines within our progression documents.


Assessment procedures

Teachers will use ongoing assessment for learning techniques to support the development of vocabulary and the acquisition of new knowledge.  A range of information gathering activities such as learning flashbacks and progress pauses will be used to ascertain how well children are learning within this subject and what they need next to support their understanding.