Art and Design

At St Oswald’s CE Primary School we aim to ensure that Pupil’s become confident and creative artists. We place a large emphasis on creativity and opportunities to explore their own artistic visions. Pupils are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of different materials and medias to create something new and develop their own skills.


At St. Oswald’s we see Art and Design as a multi-discipline, cross-curricular, interconnected subject, which should encourage creativity. We want all of our children to develop a love of Art and to understand how their earning applies to real life. We want them to develop confidence in creativity and an enthusiasm when approaching a challenge. We intend to provide an exciting and varied Art and Design curriculum that will inspire and encourage children’s natural curiosity and artistic skills. All pupils will achieve their full potential. The intent is that all children will develop their Art and Design knowledge and skills to at least a good level, which will encourage a love of research and passion for the arts.

‘He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.’ Exodus 35:25

We want to teach Art and Design in a way that:

  • delivers Art and Design in line with new National Curriculum guidelines
  • creates a lively, exciting and stimulating environment
  • promotes the concept that acquiring Art and Design knowledge and skills provides the foundation for understanding the world around the children
  • develops creativity and expression
  • encourages children to use subject specific vocabulary
  • allows time for partner talk in order to stimulate and develop a curiosity
  • challenges children to stretch themselves and take risks in their creativity
  • Promotes resilience when approaching problem solving


All classes will enjoy at least one full hour of Art and Design lessons every week each half term per term. They will be provided with high quality teaching and learning opportunities. Planning is progressive and drives high quality of work from our children. All lessons will be well resourced and meaningful to ensure all children reach their full potential.  Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, skills and knowledge in order to develop into confident, accurate and meaningful artists. Each class will focus on the same skill each half term to allow for maximum progression in skills.

All teachers will know where every child is at any point in their Art and Design learning journey. Previous learning will be revisited regularly to ensure consistency in learning and a solid understanding. Previous learning and next steps for development are evident to every child throughout each topic in the form of a cover sheet, and evident on schemes of work for teachers. It is important that children are allowed to explore Art and present their findings in a range of medias including drama, song and dance; to that end the school ensures all cross-curricular links are made whenever possible and pupils are given the opportunity to discuss their design choices and influences.


Through the thorough planning and monitoring of pupil progress all pupils should make at least good or better progress in Art and Design, and achieve good outcomes by the end of each phase.

Pupils will see Art and Design as being relevant to everyday life as well as being something that they will need as they move on through their school life and ultimately to the world of employment.

Art and Design Assessment at St Oswald’s

The assessment of Art and Design is completed half termly at the end of each skill based unit. Teachers currently use a Twinkl assessment spreadsheet to assess the National Curriculum objectives. Children will be given time to design, plan and produce a final assessment piece at the end of each unit and will be encouraged to use skills from the unit and from previous learning. Teachers will use this final piece, alongside word in sketch books, to assess progression and attainment of the National Curriculum objectives.


  • Sketch books – all children have their own sketch books which travels with them through their school life. This is where they will complete work, annotations and record any work they complete.
  • BBC Clips used in class to support teaching of art styles and artists
  • Art games used to support understanding of specific artistic styles.

Gallery Links

Nursery Diwali patterns

Reception leaf and bark rubbings

Year 1 Edward Tingatinga pattern work

Year 1 Pablo Picasso

Year 1 Fantastic faces cathedral workshop

Year 5 Giacometti sculptures

Year 6 making slippers


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St Oswald's CE Primary School. Ronald Ross Avenue, Netherton, Bootle L30 5RH

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