Mission Statement:

Through the Holy Redeemer, we seek to grow in faith and love, to become great people who make a difference in our world.

Art and Design at Holy Redeemer

Our aim:

At Holy Redeemer our 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. All of this is underpinned by our whole school focus on Building Learning Power and on developing higher order thinking, with a particular focus on spoken language and vocabulary and on resilience and risk-taking; identified as key needs within our school context.


At Holy Redeemer Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that Art and Design should engage, inspire and challenge children, as well as provide them with the knowledge and skills to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. Children are provided with opportunities to develop their understanding of the visual language of art, through effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) is developed by providing a curriculum which enables children to reach their full potential.


Objectives from the National Curriculum (2014) are used to plan an engaging Art and Design curriculum. The substantive and disciplinary knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. A focus on substantive knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. A similar focus on disciplinary knowledge means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
Teachers plan opportunities for development through a creative curriculum, which enables links to be made to to other curriculum areas, such as English (via Book as a Hook), geography, history, science and R.E. Children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to showcase work from the Art and Design curriculum, including the whole school Take One Picture project, which is a biennial event. In addition to this child have opportunities to participate in ‘art days’ with partner schools, showcase work relating to notable British and Worldwide events, work alongside visiting artists and participate in visits to museums and art galleries to view specific art works.


The importance of Art and Design is clearly demonstrated in the quality of displays both within each classroom and around all areas of the school. This reflects the sense of pride in children's artwork and celebrates children’s achievements. Within EYFS/Key Stage One each pupil has a folder containing examples of their artwork. In Key Stage Two pupils have a sketchbook in which to practise skills and techniques and record their ideas, related to specific art projects and research about famous artists. These folders/sketch books are used to inform teachers of the progress that each child makes as they move through the school. Pupils also use these folders/sketchbooks to make choices on which techniques they will use within specific art projects, as well as evaluate their finished pieces.

Celebrations of Art and Design, such as the Take One Picture whole school project, allow showcasing of pupils’ work to both parents and members of the wider community. of pupils’ work to
and the wider community.

External validation of the impact of our Art and Design Curriculum can be seen in the school being awarded Arts Mark Silver, in 2019.

‘We cannot teach people anything,
we can only help them discover it within themselves’
Galileo Galilei

National Curriculum for Art & Design

Progression Through Techniques

Art & Design Progression of Knowledge