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Intent, Implementation and Impact


We are passionate about developing and promoting art through an enjoyable, creative, and where possible but not exclusively, a cross curricular approach. As well as focussed high quality teaching of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in classes, we enrich our children’s learning and experiences of the Arts through a range of school time and after school specialist club opportunities. We believe that Art, Craft and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity and therefor strive to provide a high-quality art and design education. Art at Holy Family will 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.

Our progress objectives are to provide children with the opportunity to:

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 progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. The intent of our art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. We aim to foster a culture of creativity and exploration through developing ideas from starting points into personalised projects and outcomes.


In all year groups, a teacher will plan art and design using the Art, Craft & Design Knowledge and Skills Progression. Teachers lead discussions and model skills to pupils. An element of health and safety will also be discussed particularly in design lessons where specialist equipment is used such as cutting tools or needles. Pupils are guided by teachers but have freedom to be creative through choice of medium and materials and have opportunities to discuss and critique each other’s work to develop it further. All pupils have their own personalised art journal which are put at the centre of their creativity. Our children use their art journals to record their art journeys and will contain experimentation, research, photographs, and reflections, showing ideas and development rather than final pieces. They are a place of discovery and rejected ideas are an essential part of the learning process. Children are taught to ‘value every mark’. Art journals are a place to put unresolved ideas into the world and assimilated later.

Teachers assess progress in art, craft and design through a variety of means and use different kinds of evidence. They consider both the quality of the products that pupils make and the skills they exhibit as they use tools, materials and processes. To assess their knowledge teachers, listen to pupils talking about art, craft and design and read what they write. The evidence for assessment occurs in different forms and at different times through the course of a unit of work and so assessment too is spread out over time. It is not necessary to assess everything at the same time, or to leave it all until the end of the unit. These assessments are used over time to build a profile of achievement across all four of the progress objectives. At the end of every project, teachers assess students’ work based on their visual, recording, exploration of media and techniques and their analysis of artwork. We carefully track children’s progress across the 3 terms providing students with formative targets to enable their progression


By the end of their time with us, we want pupils to have learned, improved, and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We want our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment. Assessment in art, craft and design takes account of all aspects of pupils’ learning and achievement. This includes, not only what pupils make, but also how they make it, what skills they acquire and what they know about the tools and materials they use. Assessment also takes account of what they know about the world of art, craft and design which places their own work in the wider cultural context.