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At North Petherton Primary School, Art and design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. 

We aim to: 

  • Provide a high-quality art and design education which will engage, inspire and challenge pupils  
  • develop pupils’ language and vocabulary of art and design 
  • equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design 
  • enable pupils to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design 
  • Pupils will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity, and wealth of our nation 
  • Pupils will gain an understanding of different art movements and significant female and male artists from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds throughout history.  



The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at North Petherton Community Primary School is based on the National Curriculum with links made to topics where appropriate to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of art involves the following: 


  • Art is taught through six main strands. These are: drawing, painting, printing, collage, 3D and textiles. These strands enable progression for the pupils, building on previous learning as they move through the school. 
  • All units have been planned to ensure pupils are taught a skill-based curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to apply the skills they have learnt creatively in their final outcomes. 
  • There are 3 main focus units that are taught each term and 3 short units. In each term, each year group will cover one main and one short unit. Drawing and painting are always a main focus in every year group.  
  • Coverage will ensure pupils experience a wide range of art skills, techniques, materials, and media.  




  • Children have a love and passion for art. 
  • Children will demonstrate a good range of art skills building on previous learning and experiences applying them confidently. 
  • Children demonstrate a sound knowledge based vocabulary of media and mediums. 
  • Children are enabled to work creatively using the skills they have acquired. 
  • Children can discuss significant artists and art movements and understand how they reflect and shape history. 
  • Children can evaluate their own artwork and that of others.