Art and Design Curriculum Statement



In teaching Art and Design, and in line with the 2014 National Curriculum, our aim is to encourage and enrich children’s education whilst developing their critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists.

The children will also have opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present Art and Design, its uses and its effectiveness, contributing to their own personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.

Our aim is for children to:

  • Understand the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form)
  • Practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • 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



At Castle View Primary School, Art and Design is taught using a blocked curriculum approach.  Our topic led curriculum links Art and Design with other areas of learning including Computing and Design Technology. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of creating and designing. The children work in a range of contexts, from home to the wider environment, making their learning relevant and purposeful.

This ensures that children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills through the duration of each of their Art and Design topics and show progress throughout their time at Castle View Primary School by recording work in sketchbooks. Teachers use the LPDS (Lancashire Professional Development Service) scheme of work to deliver the topics but may supplement other materials to ensure the curriculum meets our children’s needs.  The school has a range of specific Art and Design resources that are available for this purpose.

External opportunities are actively sought out that offer the children the chance to participate and exhibit within the wider communities, e.g. LAMSAT and local competitions.



Using our Art and Design curriculum to develop and build on their skills and knowledge, children are equipped to use art and design confidently, ensuring that they can communicate and express themselves and their ideas creatively in a modern world.

Children learn how to think outside the box and take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present art and design, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and are able to make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.