Our Lady of Compassion Catholic Primary School

To live as Jesus taught us




At Our Lady of Compassion, we believe that teaching and learning in Art is important because it stimulates imagination and inventiveness. Children are given opportunities to develop their knowledge and refine their skills, which enables them to work in a variety of media, form, textures and styles and explore different ideas and meanings behind their work. A high-quality Art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils and give children the opportunity to experiment with a different range of materials, thought processes and techniques to further their creativity.




Our school aims to offer opportunities for children to:

· Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

· Foster a love of learning and offer children an understanding and enjoyment of Art.

· Show a development of ideas and progress in sketchbooks.

· Offer opportunities to use a range of tools, techniques and processes.

· Explore the work of artists, craft makers and designers, and be inspired by a range of artwork.

· Extend and enrich other curriculum areas through art.




All children have the right to develop artistic capability and should be taught at an appropriate level to:

· Develop confidence and competency when working with or experimenting with a variety of different medias.

· Develop self-discipline, problem solving and decision making skills.

· Evaluate their own work, recognise areas of success and what they can continue to work on.

· Gain insight into the work of artists, craft workers and designers and develop the ability to relate their work to the work of others.

· Link their artwork to other curriculum areas.


Teaching and learning policy and framework


At Our Lady of Compassion, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Art lessons such as modeling, leading activities, demonstrating and exploration to develop children’s progress and encourage development. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT and computing.


We work as a school to:

· Offer a broad and balanced range of art activities.

· Provide children with the opportunity to work individually and collaboratively.

· Use a variety of approaches that are matched to the children’s abilities and activities.

· Look closely at the natural and man-made world, examine artefacts, exhibits, historical works and extend knowledge of other curriculum areas.

· To study the works of established artists (both past and present) and to discuss the techniques, skills and meanings that are represented in their work.

· Explore a variety of materials, tools, and resources for practical work.

· Enable children to communicate what they think, feel and see through work studied, their own artwork and different materials and processes.

· Demonstrate how to use tools safely and to organise and care for materials and equipment.


Cross Curricular Links


The teaching of Art reinforces and enhances the knowledge required in other curriculum areas. It will be the teachers’ responsibility to bridge other areas of the curriculum to Art, broadening the pupil’s experiences. By teaching Art through other curriculum areas such as History and Theme, opportunities will be provided to develop:

· Knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

· Creative skills and ability.

· Vocabulary of art.

· Sense of time and place.




Computers are available within the school to support the teaching of the Art curriculum and also have access to the internet to give further support. Children can develop their ideas by collecting visual information or images and ideas to inspire them, as well as having access to other information such as the works and lives of a range of different artists, designers and craft workers.




The Programme of Study for each Key Stage should be taught to pupils in ways appropriate to their abilities. At Our Lady of Compassion, we provide suitable learning opportunities in Art by matching the challenge of the task to the age group or ability of the children. Artistic activities have the advantage that it is relatively easy to limit or extend the difficulty of the task whilst maintaining a coherent whole. A range of challenges are provided with different resources and outcomes that are fully inclusive. Every child should have the opportunity to experiment with artistic skills, materials and tools. Lessons can be differentiated by outcome, choice of materials and task.


The Foundation Stage:


Art plays an important part in a child’s early development and is used to develop children’s creativity and imagination through a range of different ways. In FS1 and FS2 we encourage and value creativity and the children are provided with a wide range of activities, both through teacher led learning and our free flow classroom environment. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum encompasses areas of creative development under the heading ‘Expressive Arts and Design’, however, elements can also be found in other areas of The Foundation Stage Curriculum such as Physical Development, Maths and Literacy. The heading of ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ is broken down into two aspects:

· Exploring and Using Media and Materials – exploring sounds, singing, movement, rhythm, dance, texture, construction, simple tools and techniques, different media, experimentation, colour, design and function.

· Being Imaginative – building children’s experiences of the real world through role play, music, making representations, developing expression and feelings, building stories around toys, using a range of media, playing individually and cooperatively and to represent their own thoughts and feelings through a variety of different ways.


Key stage 1:

Pupils should be taught:

· To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

· To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

· To develop a wide range of art techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

· About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Key stage 2:


Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

· To create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.

· To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

· About great artists, architects and designers in history.


Special Educational Needs


Our school provides all pupils with equal access to the National Curriculum. The needs of children with Special Educational Needs, and those with a greater need for development of fine motor skills, will be met within the Art Policy, planning and whole school aims. Our Art curriculum encourages the children’s development and gives children equal access to learning. Lessons need to be planned to ensure that all children can work to their full potential in Art lessons.


Gifted and Talented


Any children who are identified as ‘gifted and talented’ are planned for and are challenged to extend their learning. These children have the opportunity to explore and extend their skills and techniques with tasks of increasing difficulty. Lessons can be differentiated by outcome, choice of materials or task.


Equal Opportunities


Through the medium of art, children can develop non-discriminatory attitudes and expectation of their own efforts and the appreciation of the work of others. All children, regardless of race, gender or ability, will have equal opportunity to develop their artistic ability and access to extra curricular activities. 




We assess the children’s work in Art whilst observing them working during each Art lesson. Teachers keep track of the progress made by children against the Age Related skills for their lessons.  


Sketchbooks / Learning Journals


Beginning September 2020, each child will have a sketchbook/learning journal that they will take with them each year to their new class. These will be a personal record of each child’s learning journey throughout their time at Our Lady of Compassion. They will be used for a variety of purposes such as recording and collecting ideas, exploring techniques, experimentation and trials, observations and images.