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North Cadbury Church of England Primary School

‘To be the best we can be’

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North Cadbury Church of England Primary School

‘To be the best we can be’


Purpose of Study


Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.




The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: 


  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Attainment Targets


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.



Pupils should be 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.




Pupils should be 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 should be 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.

What does this look like at North Cadbury Primary School?

How do we plan for progress in Art?


By planning for progress, we ensure all children have the opportunity to improve in their skills alongside developing their knowledge of art techniques, artists and designers.

What would you see in an Art lesson at North Cadbury C of E Primary School?


In Art lessons at North Cadbury School, you will see the sequence of well-planned lessons and activities where teachers use a range of sources, materials and resources, including ICT resources, to ensure progressive learning and acquisition of skills.  You will see lessons full of engaged and motivated pupils alongside teachers that have high expectations of pupils’ learning.  Art is often taught as an intrinsic part of a topic from other subject areas such as weather, but does also happen in discrete blocks, such as a unit on colour.  It also enhances other subjects such as feelings in PSHE and creative writing in English to provide the best learning outcomes.

Where/How do we record Art?


At North Cadbury you will see a variety of evidence from photos of hands-on activities on Tapestry, sketch books and children’s work on classroom displays and around the school.

How do we assess Art?


We use Teacher Assessment at the end of the academic year to children’s progress in Art by assessing them against of Progression of Skills.  We take into account their contributions in lessons as well as the work they have produced.

How do we tailor the learning to all students?


Differentiation is key to planning to ensure all students understand and can make progress in their learning.  At North Cadbury all students have the opportunity to explore different techniques and mediums in art and all success is celebrated.  It is important that all children can make progress, whatever their starting point.

Which hashtags do we use to signpost Art on Tapestry?