Art and Design Intent

At Mottram CE Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design at Mottram strives to engage, inspire and challenge children to discover their unique creative abilities. We aim to provide art, craft and design opportunities that express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. As children progress, they will be able to think critically and reflect upon how art and design has shaped our history and contributes to the culture and creativity of the world around them.

Art and Design Implementation

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The teachers use Development Matters to plan, leading to the achievement of The Early Learning Goals (ELGs) set out in EYFS Statutory Framework.

ELG Fine Motor Skills;

– Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery;

– Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.

ELG Creating with Materials;

– Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function;

– Share their creations, explaining the process they have used;

– Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.

This is not taught as a specific subject, but makes up part of the continuous provision and cross-curricular activities provided by the teachers.

Years 1 to 6

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Art and Design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and Design is taught as part of a cross-curricular half-termly topic, focusing on the knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.

Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression documents to ensure appropriate skills and knowledge are covered.  This enables us to ensure that mixed age classes are experiencing the age-appropriate activities and allows teachers access to the ‘before and after’ skills and knowledge to support differentiation. Teachers use this document to plan their Art and Design lessons suitable to their class’s interests and topics covered. The progression document also ensures the National Curriculum is covered and that the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. This enables our children to acquire knowledge and understanding at a deeper level.

Each child has a sketchbook. We give the child ownership of their sketchbook to foster their sense of creativity. Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas, and develop opinions. Through discussion, they explore how their own art can be inspired by the work of others and use subject-specific vocabulary to discuss key artworks and their own work. Children are encouraged to be confident art critics; they share their opinions and make informed observations about what will improve their own practical work. The work of local, national, and international artists is explored to enhance the children’s learning. Whole school ‘Art Days’ provide the children with the opportunity to work collaboratively and explore the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

Art and Design Impact

Art and Design at Mottram provides children with the opportunity to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide spectrum of different types of art in our society.

Mottram children are creative, independent, critical, and self-reflective. They have a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them which fires up their imagination. They have the critical ability and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages when studying a diverse range of artists and designers throughout history. Here at Mottram, we nurture the potential for a generation of artists, designers, engineers, creators and cultural leaders that will be vital to our future.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning
  • Images and videos of the children’s practical learning
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
  • Looking at children’s work
  • Marking of work in books

The range of assessment strategies implemented allow teachers to monitor progress, alongside, identifying and providing additional support or challenge for pupils where necessary.


Pupil Voice

“We make things everyday if we want – drawings, paintings and models” EYFS

“I love Art! You can make art out of anything – I did it using things I found in the Queens Garden”  Year 1

“Andy Goldsworthy makes sculptures using natural materials. He inspired me to make my own!” Year 2

“I am an artist! You are an artist too Mrs Levy! Everyone can be an artist not just the famous artists we learn about” Year 3

“Abstract art is cool, during our space topic we learnt about Peter Thorpe and used his style to create our own space masterpieces!” Year 4

“We look at modern artists like Romero Britto – I loved using his ‘Happy Art’ to create our own calendars and we have explored art from the past too, like when we made Cartouches using clay” Year 5

“Art gives me a chance to say who I am when I’m too scared to say it out loud” Year 6



Art and Design Policy



Art & Design Progression 


Useful websites

The National Gallery

Tate Gallery

Your Art

KS1 BBC Bitesize Art and Design –

KS2 BBC Bitesize Art and Design –



Mottram loves Art!