Art Subject Aims

Intent, Implementation and Impact.

Curriculum Intent

At St Bernadette’s, we value Art and Design as an important part of our children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design enables pupils to become creative and reflective learners who can express themselves fluently and confidently in a variety of different ways. We aim to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work by providing children with opportunities to develop and extend skills as they study an artist or craft maker and also express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. St Bernadette’s recognises the importance of developing the whole child and by using the experience and enthusiasm of teachers and teaching assistants, the curriculum we offer will provide our children the chance to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.

At St Bernadette’s, we recognise the positive impact of opportunities to be creative upon children’s well-being. With the introduction of Kapow’s lesson plans and progression documents, our Art and Design co-ordinator working alongside class teachers, can plan engaging lessons where children can be imaginative and express themselves. Teachers provide scaffolding for less-confident artists and challenge more-confident artists through questioning and Kapow’s pupil videos, whilst also developing thinking strategies to facilitate higher level independent learning and engagement.

Our Art and Design weeks engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills such as weaving and tie dying.

As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically, evaluate and analyse whilst developing a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. We aim to allow our pupils opportunities to express their own view points through their sketch books and also understand how Art and design both reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Curriculum Implementation

The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design curriculum at St Bernadette’s is based on the National Curriculum and it is a curriculum driver as well as often being linked to topics to ensure a well-structured and immersive approach to this creative subject and curriculum.

With the introduction of an Art and Design week within each term, it ensures the children are immersed in Art and Design. Areas covered include sculpture, printing based on topic work, portrait studies, painting, mosaics, pop art, cubism and the works of the Impressionist artists.

Our aim is to ensure that all pupils produce creative work, explore their ideas and also record their experiences through their sketch books. The immersive curriculum allows our pupils to understand the background and inspiration of the artist and as a result, it allows our children to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  • 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.    

Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

  • 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]
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.

Curriculum Impact

The impact of our Art and Design Curriculum can be seen not only in our children’s sketch books and topic books but also through classroom displays and the school environment.

Summative assessments take place throughout the year using Kapow’s end of unit assessments and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations of attainment. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. Further information is gathered through staff and pupil voice questionnaires; highlighting strengths and achievement and any improvements, knowledge and skills that still need to be embedded.

Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using objective tracker sheet.


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Art Design Curriculum Overview


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Art Pupil Progression


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Art key vocabulary lists by year


A highly successful week where the children were able to become fully immersed so they could develop their art & design skills and also formal elements of art including printing, colour mixing, sculpture and observational drawing.  Our children were provided with the opportunities to creatively express themselves and their ideas by creating original pieces of artwork.