Home Page

Art and Design Policy



(December 2016)

Mission Statement

We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring, family environment where individuals are valued and respected. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian faith.


Art & Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Pupils can use colour, form, texture, and pattern and feel materials and process; to communicate what they see, feel and think. Art & Design is a foundation subject. This policy has been complied through consultation with staff and pupils. The following will be implemented by each member of staff with the co-ordinator, Head teacher and Governing body taking the overall responsibility.


To develop and extend pupils visual creativity, curiosity, enquiry and aesthetic sensitivity to the natural and man-made world, the National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences;
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques;
  • 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.


  • To provide a range of stimulating and creative opportunities which create a framework for success and enjoyment, thus enhancing self-esteem;
  • To develop pupils’ visual perception, awareness, curiosity and sensitivity to the natural and built environment, through working from observation and direct experience;
  • To foster the development of making skills using a variety of media, techniques and scale. Pupils can thus develop the ability and confidence to realise their ideas successfully in two and three dimensions both expressively and in design;.
  • To develop the pupils’ capability in developing and expressing ideas through art by visual investigation and the gathering and organisation of reference materials and resources;
  • To encourage pupils to evaluate and review their work and that of others, both individually and in group;.
  • To provide pupils with an understanding of the visual elements of art so that they can use this effectively in carrying out their creative ideas. ;
  • To develop pupils’ understanding and appreciation of art and design as a positive force within their everyday life;
  • To encourage pupils to respond to, and articulate opinions on art, craft and design and sculpture and use a specialist art vocabulary when describing their work and ideas.

Differentiation and Special Needs

  1. in art and design will engage children in a variety of different activities, practical work, critical reflection and discussion, writing and planning. Differentiation in many art and design activities will be by outcome. However, care in the planning of lesson content for the support of special education needs, including the very able, will ensure that they are provided with a task that suitably matches their ability. Differentiation in art may be achieved by modifying the task, language and stimulus or by providing extension activities.


By addressing the skills directed in Lancashire’s progression of Skills document we will ensure that in any Key Stage the activities of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, textiles, and 3D design are covered. We will ensure that pupils develop their creative ideas in both expressive and craft design contexts and that their work will be informed by visual investigation from direct observation and other reference materials. Pupils will develop skills in manipulating a range of art and design media using a diversity of scale. Opportunities will be provided for them to respond to themes and starting points, which will be, planned to develop skills in systematically applying the visual elements of art. The topic based curriculum will allow opportunities for a range of art to be covered, covering all the National Curriculum targets thus showing progression throughout the school. The study of work of artists, craftspeople and designers from the locality, the past and the present (both Western and non-Western) will be an integral part of practical art and design activities.

To ensure progression

In Key Stage 1 activities should introduce pupils to different ways in which the ideas and feeling are presented in a visual form.

1. Explore and develop ideas by drawing, collecting ideas and talking about them.

2. Try out a range of materials and tools for drawing, painting, collage, textiles, digital, media and printing.

3. Think and talk about our ideas as we work so that we can change things if we want to.

4. Learn and understand about colour, line, texture and shape by exploring them.

5. Look and talk about the work of other artists, craftworkers and designers.

Work should include examples of work from the locality, contemporary work and from a variety of periods and cultures. The selection should be made in order to develop pupils artistic experiences and knowledge and feelings and an appreciation of the richness of our diverse cultural heritage. (Visits to museums, galleries etc)

In Key Stage 2, activities should extend pupils’ understanding of how ideas and feelings are communicated in visual form. They should investigate the use of artistic elements in practical work including:-

1. Investigate, record and develop our ideas by collecting information in our sketch books

2. Learn to use different materials and tools (including ICT) to create our art work

3. Adapt our own work after discussing, comparing and learning from our own and others work

4. Learn more about the visual and tactile elements such as colour, line and shape etc and how to use them

5. Look at art, craft and design work from different times and cultures and use this to help in developing our own work.

  1. should be taught to give attention to the work of other artists, cratfworkers, architects and designers in different times and cultures. (Western and non-western)

Early Years Foundation Stage

  1. refer to EYFS goals/policies/guidelines.

Health and Safety

  1. will be taught to use materials, tools and equipment safety in line with the School Health and Safety Policy. Pupils will be required to wear protective clothing when working with wet media such as glues, paint, printing, dyes, clays and plaster and be taught to clear away practical materials responsibly. Teachers will ensure that appropriate methods of cleaning waste materials at the end of lessons are followed especially important for clay, plaster and dyes. The use of tools and equipment will be closely supervised by teachers and sharp tools introduced appropriately as pupils mature.

Assessment, reporting and recording

  1. for assessment will be identified when planning. Children will have regular teacher assessment with work submitted in sketch books, topics books and challenge books. Pupils will be encouraged to reflect upon their work as individuals, in class groups and through self-assessment as appropriate. Teachers will record key aspects of pupils’ progress throughout the year. At the end of each year teachers will make summative assessments of the attainment and progress made by pupils against the National curriculum programme of study for each attainment target and use these as a basis for reporting to parents.

The Role of the Subject leader

  • Ensuring progression of skills are covered in each year group.
  • Monitor planning.
  • Review the needs of art and design.
  • Support teachers in promoting high standards.
  • Ensure full list of equipment and resources.
  • Ensure good Health and Safety practise is followed.
  • Follow yearly Action Plan.


Art stock cupboard – sugar paper, tissue paper, cellophane paper, materials, cotton, thread, needles, oil pastels, paintbrushes, pots, card, paper, glitter, cotton wool, clay, paints, water paints, glass paints. Art ideas. The library is also stocked with useful books relating to artists and techniques.




The effectiveness of the teaching and learning in art and design will be regularly monitored by the Headteacher and Subject leader. Subject leader will look at environment, lesson plans, observe lessons and interview children yearly. This will determine any support needed and will form an action plan to continue high standards are maintained the following year.

Date: December 2016

To be reviewed: December 2018


  • Benjamin Hargreaves C.E. Primary School Voluntary Aided,
  • Barnfield Street, Accrington,
  • Lancashire BB5 2AQ
  • | Phone: 01254 232130