ART and Design

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact


At Arnside National Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

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.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Arnside National Primary School is based on the National Curriculum supported by the Charity - Access Art and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

The children are taught Art independently as well as part of their termly topic work.  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 whole school ‘Big Art’ days when the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.


The impact of our art and design curriculum can be seen not only in our children’s sketch books but also through classroom displays and the school environment.

Everything we do is with the child in mind, and strong relationships are built between pupils and staff which create an atmosphere for learning which is conducive to success.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
  • Images of the children’s practical learning.
  • Discussions with the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Pupil’s sketch books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly through discussions, evidence on Dojo and age-related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.

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