Art & Design

Art Curriculum Intent Statement

At Our Lady & St Joseph school, we value and understand that Art and Design forms an extremely important part of a broad and balanced curriculum. We want children to be exposed to a range of mediums across a wide range of subjects. This allows them to further express their individuality through different creative ventures and projects.



The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design curriculum at OLSJ is based on the National Curriculum. The children are taught art throughout different areas in curriculum. Areas covered include sketching skills, exploring colour, creating textiles, 3D work, printing and pattern. Art and design features heavily throughout History, Geography and RE learning. Examples of work include; Roman mosaics (Romans); tribal designs (based on the Kuna tribe), Pop art (based on North America), designing puppets (Victorians) and designing prayer mats (exploring Islam).


Pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 have their own sketchbooks that pass up through the school, which gives them (and their teacher) the opportunity to track their progress. When using sketchbooks, children are given the time to explore key art skills in one-off (or more) art lessons. Each child loves having their own sketchbook and they take great pride in their work.


Each class has a class art book to display examples of art that have been completed in class. Children have the opportunity to express their pupil voice through class discussions. Children are encouraged to speak about the process of creating the artwork and the elements they enjoyed. These books contain a range of examples, including cross-curricular art linking to other areas of the curriculum.


Pupils also have the opportunity to explore different artists, illustrators and their work. They are asked open-ended questions about a range of artwork and are encouraged to give their views about what they see, like, dislike and how it makes them feel. We encourage the use of specific artistic vocabulary throughout art lessons and this further develops their creative voice from a young age.


Pupil’s learning is further enhanced with a week exploring the art in Hispanic Week. The children have an opportunity to explore a range of different Hispanic art, artists and designers such as Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Gaudi and Salvador Dali.




Within Art and Design, we strive to create a supportive environment where children have the opportunity to explore a range of mediums and produce pieces of artwork that reflect imagination and individuality. At OLSJ, we like to create opportunities for the children to explore their creativity through independent and collaborative activities that stretch their imaginations and expand their art skills.  


Our Art and Design curriculum is planned and linked into all areas of curricular learning. This allows the children to learn key art skills in an immersive environment and produce artwork that not only furthers their art skills but also their curricular learning.


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

  • Assessing children’s understanding of the vocabulary involved in the art skill or topic before and after teaching.
  • Assessing sketchbooks at the end of each half term. 
  • Class books: A record kept of images and videos of the children’s practical learning. 
  • Talking to the pupils about their learning at the end of each lesson.
  • Interviewing pupils about their learning at the end of each half term and keeping a record of pupil voice (in the whole class art book).
  • Moderation staff meetings where pupils’ books are shared and there is an opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand and share their class’s work.
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum. 
 Some of the artists that are explored at OLSJ...
Have a look at some of the wonderful work produced by OLSJ's budding artists...