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Intent, Implementation and Impact


Across the school, pupils will be exposed to a broad range of different kinds of arts, craft and design. They should be able to think critically about art and design, including their own. Through gaining knowledge of famous artists, they should develop an understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation, exploring famous artists, architects and designers.  As they progress through each year group, they will develop their techniques and have the opportunity to apply these creatively with no ceiling on what they can achieve. Fundamental skills such as drawing, sketching, use of shape and colour and imagination are built upon with each new topic so that pupils feel confident to apply these independently as they move through the school. In art and design lessons, pupils are taught how to design and draw, using research and sketches as aides, use a variety of materials, evaluate their art and build their knowledge.


In all year groups, a teacher will plan art and design using the year group overview. 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 saws or needles. Pupils are guided by teachers but have some freedom to be creative with the materials used in the topic and have opportunities to discuss and critique each other’s work in order to develop it further. A self- assessment sheet encourages pupils to reflect on skills they have learnt and how they can apply these in future.


Pupils’ sketch books demonstrate that control and technique with media such as pencil, pastel and paint improve significantly through their time at Holy Family. Their sketch books provide a journal to record observations, they are used to review and revisit ideas. Sketch books will contain experimentation, photographs and reflections, showing ideas and development rather than final pieces. Rejected ideas are an essential part of the learning process. There is some evidence of design projects though the final products are not always evidenced in books and glued in photos of their work could be a good way to show their final products. Their ability to reflect on their own and other’s art/design develops, as does their understanding of the significance art and design can have in reflecting our history, such as in the World War 2 topic in Year 6. The survey carried out in Autumn 2019 showed that pupils understand how skills in art can be transferred and applied elsewhere such as RE when discussing the meaning of images. Knowledge of famous artists and designers does appear limited and future planning should contain more opportunities to research and learn skills from artists and designers – something that pupils expressed a desire to do.