At Gwladys Street Primary we aim to deliver a high-quality Art curriculum which 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.

We will aim to do this by:

  • Nurturing and developing creativity and imagination within the subject, and fostering an interest that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
  • Encouraging children to take risks and experiment, and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not.
  • Giving all children opportunities to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
  • Building on prior knowledge – this is a key part of our curriculum, allowing children to become fluent in understanding the impact Art has on daily life and the wider world.

Children are able to develop their skills from first hand experiences; in addition to studying to significant artists, crafts people and designers through different periods of time and cultures.


Children are taught to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of artistic techniques.

We take every opportunity to develop links with outside agencies and experts, including the local high school, in order to enrich our Art provision.

Progression of skills are mapped out to develop high expectations through ‘real life’ experiences.:

Children are taught to use key vocabulary which is always building on prior learning and which is used within all processes of the Art curriculum.

There is an understanding that art work should be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work.

Children are given the opportunity to develop skills in drawing, painting, collage, textile, 3D, and printmaking, and understanding the importance of each one.

They are able to use a range of media and materials to develop skills.


In Art, we would like to ensure that all children leave with an enthusiasm and enjoyment for Art, with an eagerness to develop artistic skills.

Emphasis is placed on investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge of understanding of each unit of work covered throughout the school.

Our art and design curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.

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

Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught.

Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.

Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.

Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).

Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.

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