Art & Design

Curriculum Design at St. Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy

Curriculum Area: Art and Design

Art and Design Primary Leaders: Miss Bullen and Miss Massey 

Art and Design Supporting Leaders: Mrs. Melling and Miss Heron

Curriculum Link Governor: Mrs. Sinclair


Our Art and Design curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge pupils through a knowledge-based curriculum.  Our focus is to equip all children with the necessary skills and knowledge to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. The Art curriculum gives the children an insight into the working method of known artists and the influences of different cultures throughout the world, past and present. Across the school, we aim to provide broad opportunities for children to become proficient in drawing, painting, textiles, 3D, printing and collage.

Our Christian Values and Distinctiveness, alongside our School Mission Statement of ‘Achieve, Believe and Care’, are at the heart of our curriculum and all that we do at St. Wilfrid’s.


In Art and Design, we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.

Our curriculum is well-planned and makes links with other subject areas, to enhance children’s learning. Through our programme of study, children develop their talents across the six key areas (drawing, painting, textiles, 3D, printing and collage) which provides a rounded curriculum with extensive opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in Art and Design.  

Within each Art and Design unit, children build on their prior learning to extend their knowledge, skills and techniques.  A series of inspiring lessons are planned around an artist, craft maker or designer, which provides a stimulus to support the development of their own work. Children are also given the opportunity to develop the language of art and explore working within sketchbooks. Post learning evaluations are planned to demonstrate progress, knowledge and understanding whilst also giving children a voice. Teachers assess learning in Art and Design against knowledge and skills-based learning objectives within Unit Overviews.

Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’. Enrichment opportunities, including outdoor learning, inspirational visitors, educational visits and events, provide our children with varied experiences and enhance teaching, learning and knowledge.

Our Art and Design curriculum promotes children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, ensuring that they are reflective and responsible citizens. Fundamental British Values are actively promoted in Art and Design lessons in order to prepare the children for life in Modern Britain.


Our Art and Design curriculum ensures that children are able to build on their knowledge, skills and techniques across their school life and are proud to celebrate their work within school and in the wider community. Through the breadth and depth that our curriculum offers, our children are well-equipped in Art and Design for the next stage in their education. Our curriculum enables children to become creative and lifelong learners.

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