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Art at Holy Innocents’ Catholic Primary School
Intent, implementation and impact


As a school, we believe that art is a vital area of children’s education and is an important part of their entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. It provides them with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas.

The focus is in developing a high-quality art curriculum which should engage, inspire and challenge pupils’ proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour and shade and sculpture. Moreover, it enables pupils to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them and a means to show this.


The National Curriculum for art aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1.  Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  2.  Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  3.  Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  4.  Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Curriculum Implementation

The teaching and implementation of the Art Curriculum at Holy Innocents Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and is linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work.  Areas covered include sculpture, drawing, painting, printing and textiles. This is supported through the studying of key artists and the development of a knowledge of their work. Lessons are taught in blocks on a half termly basis, alternating with DT, and involve studying existing pieces of art, sketching aspects of these, with a particular focus on the necessary skills, before completing a final piece possibly through sculpture or textile work. The evidence of their work is collected within the art sketch book, either via sketch or photographic evidence which follows the children through the school, so development can be seen by both the child and teacher.




Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary


Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  •  To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  •  To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  •  About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.    


Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design are taught:

Pupils are taught:

  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  •  To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay, 3D models]
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history





Curriculum Impact

 Information is gathered through pupil interviews, book monitoring and class observations by the subject leader to ensure sufficient depth and subject knowledge is shared with the children.

However the true success to art at Holy Innocents is in the recognition and celebration of the work created by the children on constant display throughout the school. By showcasing the creativity and skills developed throughout their time spent with us is a true testament to the impact we hope to have on their lives.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Holy Innocents’ Catholic Primary School
Intent, implementation and impact



At Holy Innocents’ Catholic Primary School we intend to build a Design Technology curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Children will know more, remember more and understand more.

We intend to design a design technology curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum Design Technology Programmes of study, to fulfil the duties of the NC whereby schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life


Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. The Design Technology National Curriculum and EYFS is planned for and covered in full within the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 school curriculum. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary.

  • Delivery of design and technology projects with a clear structure. Each year group will undertake a construction topic, a textile topic and a food topic.
  • Delivery showing clear following of the design process where each project fill follow: research, design, make and evaluate.
  • A range of skills will be taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken
  • Clear and appropriate cross curricular links to underpin learning in multi areas across the curriculum giving the children opportunities to learn life skills and apply skills to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context.
  • Cross curricular project booklets in KS1 and KS2. Children will undertake design tasks and use skills from across the curriculum to fully explore the design process evaluating work ensuring that it is of the highest possible quality. These project books will be thoroughly marked and assessed against the curriculum objective. Children are also asked to self-evaluate their work.
  • Independent learning: In design technology children may well be asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design and Technology.
  • Collaborative learning: In design and technology children may well be asked to work as part of a team learning to support and help one another towards a challenging, yet rewarding goal.



  • Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Design Technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school.
  • The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations in Design Technology.
  • As designers children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.



D.T Subject Map