Art and Design


At Gawsworth Primary School, our Art curriculum develops creativity, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. With appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore and investigate, create and evaluate artwork, we aspire for children to reach and exceed their potential at our school. Our curriculum will enable pupils to create art work with a real purpose in terms when displaying and sharing the work they create and showcasing the skills and progress they have made and at the same time, develop transferable skills for later life and a life-long appreciation of Art and Design.


At Gawsworth, we have a cross curricular approach to our learning. We use art in conjunction with our topics to study and create pieces of artwork as well as celebrating artists from past and present from a variety of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Throughout their time at Gawsworth, the children will be given opportunities to explore and evaluate Artists and communicate what they see feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. At Gawsworth, we believe that creativity is vital in order for children to express their individuality as well as dealing with their emotional well-being. In learning Art, the children will be provided with a range of skills, concepts and attitudes and a mastery in a range of techniques and methods of working.

The policy should be read in conjunction with the Art Progression of skills document, which can be used as a springboard to develop the individual teacher’s ideas in a personal way knowing they are within the School’s guidelines. This should enable teachers to design a programme of activities which is responsive to their own and children’s skills and needs in art.

Art is included as a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. The aims of art are consistent with our school values and take account of National Curriculum Non-Statutory Guidance. The aims of Art education should:

  • Foster the individual child’s creative ability so that they see themselves as artists and develop the technical skills necessary to bring them to their full potential.

  • Help children explore the world first hand using their senses and experimentation and so gain knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live

  • Develop confidence, value and pleasure in Art

  • Develop children’s aesthetic awareness enabling them to make informed judgements about Art and make appropriate connections between their own work and the work of other artists

  • Structure opportunities inside and outside school for children to talk confidently about the work of other artists, designers and crafts people and their own artwork, expressing their own ideas, feelings, thoughts and experiences

  • Develop children’s design capability

  • Develop children’s ability to value the contribution made by other artists, craft workers and designers and respond critically and imaginatively to ideas, images and objects of many kinds and from many cultures

  • Develop inventive thought and action and the ability to innovate, initiate, discriminate and make effective personal responses.

  • Develop visual and tactile sensitivity and powers of observation, together with awareness of colour, form and space in the environment and the man-made world.

  • Develop understanding of a variety of media and processes in order to record, communicate and express ideas and feelings in many different ways.

  • Develop non-verbal means of organising ideas and seeing relationships which supplement and reinforce verbal learning.

  • Develop imagination, feeling and sensibility


With appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore and investigate, create and evaluate artwork, children will reach and exceed their potential at our school. Assessment and outcomes within the art curriculum is ongoing throughout the school year. The children are encouraged to peer and self-evaluate their work in Key Stage 2 as well as teacher assessment. After each term, the class teachers assess their children’s artwork alongside the Nation Curriculum objectives, which allows them to address gaps. In EYFS, the children are assessed within the ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ sector of ‘Development Matters’. Their progress is tracked regularly through their ‘Online Learning Journeys’. Age related expectation level are reported to parent at the end of the Reception year.

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Longbutts Lane, Gawsworth, Cheshire, SK11 9QU

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