St Winifred’s Catholic  Primary School

Art Statement of Intent

DT Statement of Intent

Art and Design Curriculum


Art Statement of Intent


At St Winifred’s the ethos of the school is to include and develop the whole child.  We view Art and Design as a critical means of expression to develop individual interests, thoughts and ideas.  Children are encouraged to gain confidence and express themselves without the fear failure.   

Our topic-based curriculum allows for cross-curricular links with other subjects and enables students to gain subject knowledge, skills and understanding through exploration, investigation, creation and evaluation in order to reach and exceed their potential. 

As pupils progress, they are encouraged to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.  They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


A clear and comprehensive skills progression document is followed for each year group based around the National Curriculum. Teaching and Learning therefore shows progression across all key stages within the different strands of art and design. 

Art specialist language is taught within art lessons across the school, and modelled by teachers in all art lessons. The promotion and use of an accurate and rich vocabulary throughout school is planned into the curriculum. 

Children experience educational visits to museums and galleries and are exposed to a range of cultural opportunities that widen their view of the world.  They explore the different styles and techniques of other artists to enhance and deepen their learning.

Links are made where possible with the wider community through visiting artists into school.  Opportunities for collaborative work are forged through events such as Art Week and whole school exhibitions. 

Collaborative meetings between both staff and pupils ensure effective communication and pupil voice are taking place in order to enhance the art provision across the school.



Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.

Children will retain knowledge and skills and build on these each year.  They will be confident to try out ideas and understand that it is okay to make mistakes.  Children will understand what being in ‘artist’ means. As artists, children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood


Design Technology Statement of Intent


At St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School, we understand that Design Technology is an inspiring, rigorous, and practical subject that should provide children with a real-life context for learning. DT will allow children to solve real-life and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, and values. Children will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising, and capable citizens.


Early Years Foundation Stage

In Early Years DT allows children to make sense of and gain knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. Design allows children to think and use their imaginations – making and changing things for themselves. Technology allows them to put ideas together and make something for a purpose learning along the way the different possibilities or limits of their ideas.


KS1 and KS2

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, children should be taught the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed. When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:



  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
  • Generate, develop, model, and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups, and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.


  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles, and ingredients, according to their characteristics.



  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products.
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.


Technical knowledge

  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stranger, stiffer, and more stable.
  • Explore and use mechanisms in their products.


Cooking and nutrition

  • Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.
  • Understand where food comes from.



Children will have developed the creative, technical, and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They will be able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and the work of others.


Art and Design Policy

Agreed by the Teaching and Learning Committee: November 2021

Review Date: November 2022 


At St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School:

  • We nourish a happy, safe and supportive school community in which every individual is welcomed, valued and respected for being unique
  • We inspire a search for excellence by offering the best possible learning environment
  • We provide a Christ-centred education, helping our children to develop and grow in faith and teaching them to promote the Gospel values of love of neighbour, fairness and forgiveness, both in school and in the wider community.


Art is a vital part of the Primary curriculum as it provides a means of expression for all children, regardless of their competence in verbal and written communication.

It is a practical subject which stimulates creativity and imagination through the use of a wide range of materials.  Art is very effective as a cross-curricular link, adding to children’s experiences and depth of understanding in other areas of their learning, from creating their own artwork and artefacts to the experience of museum and gallery trips.


Art and design offers opportunities to:

  • equip children with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas, feelings and experiences in a visual and tactile form;
  • develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meaning;
  • be able to identify and appreciate the work of other artists which reflect diversity;
  • develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and craft and design using a variety of materials, enabling them to become independent learners;
  • help children to develop socially through collaborative working;
  • develop children’s awareness that the process of creating art is equally as valuable as the finished product.

Broad Guidelines

  • For children to be given a visually stimulating environment and to have the opportunity to work from direct experience of natural and made objects and environments;
  • Children will be given opportunities to work as individuals and collaboratively;
  • Children will be given opportunities to attend educational visits to galleries, museums and historical sites to explore the work of artists, sculptors and crafts people to examine relevant artefacts;
  • For children to develop a technical art vocabulary as well as expressing their feelings and ideas in a non-verbal way;
  • Children will be given opportunities to use ICT to express their ideas through paint programmes and the use of digital cameras and ipads;
  • Children will be encouraged to gain a sense of pride and achievement in their own art work and pleasure in sharing it with a wider audience.

Monitoring and Assessment

It is the responsibility of the Art and Design Co-ordinator to:

  • monitor the Art and Design curriculum through updating the school’s policy, close communication with other teachers and staff, observation of children’s work and photographs of display work;
  • provide INSET where appropriate. Where possible time will be made available to allow the co-ordinator opportunities to visit other classes, enabling monitoring and support to take place more effectively;
  • when assessing children’s work, teachers should take into account ongoing work in sketchbooks as well as other artwork completed throughout the year;
  • at the end of each term, teachers to record children’s working at a typical, above or below expectation within their year group.

Reviewed November 2021

Art and Design Policy 2021-22 PDF version