Art and Design

Our curriculum Intent Statement for Art and Design 

At Penwortham Primary School we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in art and design. 

The purpose of Art and Design 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. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. 

While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses to their own work and that of others. 

There is great pleasure to be derived from Art and Design and, through deeper understanding; pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives. 


The aims of Art and Design in our school are: 
• To enable all children to have access to a varied range of high quality art experiences. 
• To provide an imaginative, innovative and co-ordinated art programme which will foster enthusiasm for art and design amongst all the children. 
• To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers, through links with the local and wider multicultural community. 
• To stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experience. 
• To help children explore the world at first hand, using all their senses and experimentation, and so gain knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. 
• To develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings. 
• To inspire confidence, value and pleasure in art. 
• To cultivate children’s aesthetic awareness and enable them to make informed judgements about art and become actively involved in shaping environments. 
• To teach children to express their own ideas, feelings, thoughts and experiences. 
• To develop children’s design capability. 
• To enhance children’s ability to value the contribution made by artists, craft workers and designers and respond critically and imaginatively to ideas, images and objects. 


The art and design process will involve many of the ‘My Personal Best’ skills that are an integral part of Penwortham Primary School.  

‘Healthy Me’ 

Children will need to develop their self-belief in order to become an artist to create their art, they will need to be honest in their opinions and analyse their artwork at every stage of development, having courage to try new things and experiment. This in turn will need resilience and a ‘can do’ attitude. During the art and design process self-discipline will be needed to apply time to their art as well as self-motivation to keep trying and evolving their ideas. Children will need to take responsibility for their artwork, as well as how they feedback to others about their artwork during the evaluation process. Integrity will be important for children to be confident to stand by their artwork and reflect on it with honesty and positivity, also to be fair to others in their judgements, and to have good morals to use their own ideas when working independently. 


‘Social Me’ 

Children will need to show gratitudeempathy and fairness to each other when sharing their ideas, this in turn will build respect and trust within the group. It is important that children encourage each other as well as themselves in a positive way. Good co-operation and communication are vital to the art process when sharing ideas or working in a group on collaborative art. 


‘Thinking Me’ 

Children will need to be encouraged to be curious about art and artists. An imagination and the ability to think freely is a skill to be developed, inspiration will help with this, from nature/themes and ‘The Greats’ as well as other artists. Children will need concentration to see their art through to its final stages. At times they will need to show resourcefulness and reflect of the art process as it evolves. Good art has elements of problem-solvingdecision-making and continuous evaluation. 



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