Art and design at Grimsargh St Michael’s Primary School

Why is Art and Design important at Grimsargh St Michael’s?

We value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

Art is everywhere, and can link into every subject. To be aware of this the children are given many opportunities to express themselves in different ways, drawing on their own strengths and continuing to provide learning in a diverse and apt way for each individual child.

What does Art and Design look like at Grimsargh?

It is an integral part of the school and links to many other subjects taught in our broad curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to explore their thoughts and ideas through their imagination. Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding by having opportunities to practise their skills. They learn about the achievements of artists, designers and crafts people from many different times and cultures and are encouraged to share their ideas and evaluate their learning through a critical lens.


Art and Design is planned carefully to allow children from Foundation stage up to Year 6, exposure to a range of skills, building and mastering techniques so by the end of their time with us, will be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other forms of art and design techniques.  End of year expectations and detailed progression maps for the whole school, support accurate assessment in art and ensure a dynamic and exciting curriculum is offered.


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.

How does Art link to our School Vision?

‘Let your light shine before all so that they see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.’

                      (Matthew 5:16)

We nurture creativity through our thinking and express this through our Art. Pupils are encouraged to take time to reflect and question and develop a sense of awe and wonder. Our community of adults and pupils celebrate and value the art work displayed throughout the school. Pupils are given opportunity to experiment, deepen their understanding and celebrate their achievements.

Links to Christian and British Values

The British values and the Spiritual, Moral and Social and Cultural Development form an integral part of the Art Curriculum. Each pupil has the opportunity to learn about different cultures and reflect on their learning. Pupils develop an awareness of different cultures and cultivates tolerance. It sparks a love of learning and deep critical and creative thinking. The Art Curriculum allows children to think responsibly about how they impact the world around them. It allows teamwork and build resilience through a range of activities. Creating and sharing artworks fosters a deep level of respect and nurtures a love of life and expression.


What do the children at Grimsargh think about Art and Design? 

Art progression of skills

Art and DT overview Reception to Year 6

Art and Design Policy 2021-2022