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Art and Design



At WCLA we aim for children to embrace their artistic flare!

We want children to celebrate their skills by providing them with numerous opportunities to learn what they are and how they can develop them. Children are exposed to art and design from EYFS right up to year 6 and throughout this time they continue to build upon previously taught skills and techniques.

We aim for children to be immersed in and enthusiastic about art by celebrating their artwork and inspiring them through high quality teaching and delivery of the curriculum, as well as displaying their masterpieces around school.

Whilst at WCLA children will develop each of our core values through their Art and Design lessons.

  • As Dolphins they will create final pieces that will have been inspired by research of different artists or use techniques from different cultures.
  • As Spiders they will be creative as they demonstrate their ability to apply new skills and experiment with newly learnt techniques in their sketchbooks.
  • They will be hedgehogs as they show off their individuality through their application of previously learnt skills and techniques, demonstrating their talents and understanding where their strengths lie.
  • They will be Snow Leopards when they show determination and resilience, as they aspire to be the best artist they can be.  


At Wistaston Church Lane Academy, we follow the National Curriculum programme of study for Art, with units of work being taught as part of a cross curricular approach that can be integrated into learning across different subject areas.  The main areas for teaching taken from the National Curriculum are; drawing, painting, colour, printing, pattern and form and these are taught multiple times throughout the key stages to ensure children have chance to keep building upon these skills and embedding them.

As part of the planning process, teachers are expected to include the following: 

  • A cold task that is set at the beginning of each unit of work. This task will identify the children’s current knowledge and provide a baseline for end of unit assessment. 
  • An artist study, where children will find out about new artists and the techniques and processes they use.
  • Work inspired by the artist.
  • Evidence of new skills being taught (from curriculum overview).
  • Final piece incorporating all the newly learnt skills.

Evidence of children evaluating their work throughout and acknowledging what worked well and what they will continue to develop upon.

Art is clearly evident around school from whole school 3D projects, to paintings on the walls in libraries. Individual and class pieces of art work are also celebrated in high quality displays in classrooms and around school.

At WCLA we have a group of children who are ‘Art Ambassadors’. These children are from each year group throughout the school and are responsible for raising the profile of art throughout the school. Their tasks include keeping art resources organised, supporting classes on art days and lessons, researching artists and creating exciting art projects to be displayed around school.


A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

Children’s evaluations should reflect their growing confidence and understanding of techniques and vocabulary. They should begin to have a sense of independence and understand and utilise their artistic strengths.

Through high quality teaching we ensure that all children are able to:

  • Feel inspired by the work of others and excited to develop their skills.
  • Develop their capacity for imaginative and original thought through experimentation.
  • Develop their abilities to articulate and communicate ideas, options and feelings about their own work and that of others.
  • Experience an abundance of opportunities to explore and experiment with different skills and techniques.
  • Learn about artists, designers and architects and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • Achieve well in Art which is reflected through a consistent learning journey and clear progress.
  • Effectively evaluate their own learning and from this see progression throughout their sketchbooks.
Subject Documents Date  
Art and Design Overview 28th Sep 2020 Download