Art and Design

Through the Art and Design Policy, the school will promote and teach the values we learn based on the example of the Christian faith:


Such values, in turn, promote not only the Christian ethos and aims of Middleforth Church of England Primary School, but assist in the preparation of the children for the responsibilities and duties of adult life.



As a caring, Christian community, we aspire to ‘let our light shine’. We will open up the world to celebrate God’s wonderful creation and foster a sense of awe and wonder.

We will nurture our God given talents to ensure that everyone reaches their full potential academically, socially and spiritually.

‘Let your light shine Matthew 5.16’



At Middleforth Church of England Primary School we see Art and Design as an important curriculum area that helps our pupils to develop their creative and practical skills. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.  Art gives children an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration. Children are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media such as pencil, crayon, ink, fabric, wood, clay, paper and plasticine. Art and design also helps to build self-awareness, self -esteem and visual literacy skills. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures.


Our school curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:




Art and design activities are taught in a variety of ways across Middleforth Church of England Primary School, sometimes in blocks of taught time, as part of a topic, or in short skills-based activities where necessary. Art and Design has relevance across the curriculum and links with other subjects throughout the school.

Our school uses Kapow as a structured scheme across KS1 and KS2. It is a progressive scheme of work that has been created by teachers for teachers. It includes teacher CPD videos and supporting materials that enable planning and resources to be adapted to meet the unique needs of our pupils.

We will ensure that in any key stage the activities of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, textiles, 3D design and digital media are covered.  We will ensure that pupils will develop their creative ideas in both expressive and craft design contexts and that their work will be informed by visual investigation from direct observation and other reference materials.

The study of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from the locality, the past and present and a variety of cultures will be an integral part of practical art and design activities.



Teachers assess internally based on the Art and Design Progressions of Skills document which is then reported and recorded at the end of each academic year. These will be shared with the SLT team during Pupil Progress meetings.


The Early Years Foundation Stage

Children will be given opportunities to learn about media and materials in different ways. They will be able to represent their own ideas and thoughts and feelings through different forms of art. They will safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques – experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


Key stage 1

Pupils will be taught:

Key stage 2

The National Curriculum guidelines in the allocation of time in developing Art skills in KS1 and KS2 will be followed.


Equal opportunities & Inclusion

At our Middleforth, we teach Art and Design to all children, whatever their ability and individual needs. We aim to provide suitable learning regardless of gender, ethnicity or home background. Through our Art and Design teaching, we provide opportunities that enable all children to reach their full potential. As part of our vision to enable each child to reach their full potential, learning opportunities are adapted to meet the needs of our pupils as individuals.


Use of ICT

Opportunities to use ICT to support teaching and learning in Art and Design will be planned for and used as appropriate.


Governing Body

Reports are made to the governors on the progress of Art and Design throughout the school.



Monitoring of the standards of children’s work and the quality of teaching in Art and Design is the responsibility of the Senior Leadership Team. As part of the SLT, the work of the subject leader also involves supporting colleagues in their teaching, being informed about current developments in the subject, and providing a strategic lead and direction for Art and Design in the school. The subject leader and SLT evaluate strengths and weaknesses in the subject, and indicates areas for further improvement, establishing priorities in the school’s SIP. The leader reviews samples of children’s work and together with the SLT undertakes lesson observations of Art and Design teaching across the school.

By the time pupils leave Middleforth, they are creative and inspired artists who can use a variety of techniques to express themselves artistically. They can discuss artists that have inspired them and replicate artwork in the style of these artists, as well as creative their own, unique artwork.

Pupils will make good progress from their own personal starting points across all aspects of Art and Design. By the end of Year Six they will be able to express themselves artistically and for a range of purposes and audiences. Our pupils will acquire a wide knowledge of artists and the skill set required to create replica style artwork.


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