St Saviour C of E Primary School

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Fold Rd, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 1EU


St Saviour C of E Primary School

Striving for excellence whilst caring for all

  1. Curriculum
  2. Art


Meet The Team


                                                       Miss Barton                                   Mrs Peeling                                Mrs Burbidge                                   School Tribe

                                                     Subject Leader                             Subject Link TA                       Subject Link Governor                                   


At St Saviour Primary School we value Art and Design as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. We follow the Access Art scheme and we are an Artsmark registered school. The Artsmark process ensures we work with high quality professional to deliver a rich experience for the pupils we teach. Art is a vital subject to include in a person's education, both in school and as part of a lifelong learning. Making time and space for creativity helps develop learning about art, but also learning about ourselves through art.

Art and Design should equip all children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas regardless of their race, gender, beliefs or ability. Teaching in this subject will contribute to developing positive SEMHWB (Social, emotional, mental health and wellbeing) of staff and pupils.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. 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. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.




Art is categorised in our school as one of the Creative Development subjects and is led by the Creative Development coordinator, there is also an assistant leader in the Creative Development team and a linked subject governor. Termly meetings are held for members of the Creative Development team.

The teaching of our Art and Design lessons is by class teachers and teaching assistants. Our Art and Design work is completed weekly with an overarching half term block. This may link to other curriculum subject topics but will focus primarily on an art skill. We teach different units within art and design: creating ideas, drawing, painting, 3D form, printing, textiles and collage, and we develop knowledge through artist coverage and by learning about the history of the different art forms. Children are given the opportunity to work independently and collaboratively in different areas of their leaning.

 Additional to class teaching are the whole school opportunities we provide, such as hosting a school art gallery. This allows all children to have the experience of their work being displayed and shared for the whole school and wider community to see. It heightens active involvement with Art and Design and gives real purpose to learning. 

 SEN children are given the necessary support to access the curriculum and where necessary tasks are adapted. Pupils identified as working beyond year group expectations will be able to extend their experiences by applying more individuality to their work and where possible working with children from other schools.

 The Access Art skills progression document inform planning and ensure thorough coverage and progression through the different units each year. The document contains the substantive and implicit knowledge children are expected to have by the end of each unit. Termly assessments are recorded by class teachers and are analysed by the Creative Development subject leader.

 Extra provisions are also available in the form of after school clubs, such as Art Club.

 Continuous Professional Development opportunities are given to the subject lead and these are fed through to teaching staff. We are currently an Artsmark silver school and are also supported by our local hub Curious Minds. Access Art also provide numerous CPD sessions to ensure staff understand how each unit should be taught. The curriculum continues to develop and there are regular CPD opportunities for this.

 It is important that children’s success is acknowledged and celebrated appropriately. This is done through displays in classrooms and around school, shared with families, the community and schools through the mediums of the school website, Twitter or school events. We also hold an art gallery evening, for parents to come and view the work produced by their children.


Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future planning, ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment. In line with our scheme, we also complete circle diagrams to celebrate progression. This is a learner centred way to think about progression.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are assessed within the area of Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is also tracked termly when age related expectation levels are reported.

Key Documents 

 Art and Design Policy.docxDownload
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Additional Information

We are currently in the process of implementing a new scheme and so this page is under review.

Subject In Action Around School

Images of Art in action around school.