Archbishop Courtenay Primary School

Home Page

Archbishop Courtenay Primary School

Home Page

Art and Design

...a haven of hope and aspiration...


Art Lead: Miss Taylor


At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, we believe that teaching and learning in Art and Design is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. Our Art and Design curriculum has been designed to ensure that each and every child ‘can do art’ and has the time and opportunities to be artistic in their own unique way. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity and we positively endorse the promotion of artistic skills throughout school. The purpose of art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. Creativity is encouraged through individual and collaborative learning experiences, a positive growth mind set, a sense of responsibility and challenges that take them beyond the classroom.


British Values

In art and design we ensure that we are aware of and consider the views and values of others, particularly when working collaboratively. In art and design, we are given the opportunity to express our individuality through our projects. We are given regular opportunities to make our own decisions and choices in our projects. Whilst making our own choices, we also know that there are boundaries and we respect these. We understand people have different views and opinions and that that these make them who they are. We are tolerant to such views and opinions and apply these attitudes when working with those who have different faiths and beliefs. We explore beauty through art and continue to do this within the faiths and beliefs of others.



At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, Art is taught through a thematic approach. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all our learners. Our long-term and medium-term plans map out the themes covered each term for each key stage. These plans define what we will teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term.



Teachers assess children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in Art by making observations of the children working during lessons. Feedback given to children by their peers or teachers is in the form of post-it notes over the learning so that their art is not marked in the process. Children are also encouraged to be critical of their own work, highlighting their own next steps. This supports teachers in identifying gaps in children’s knowledge. Children take part in quizzes, to reinforce prior learning and gaps, at the start of lessons and at the end of the whole unit. At the end of the unit, teachers assess children’s progress towards the end of key stage national curriculum objectives. We use this to support our identification of gifted and talented pupils. 


Collective Evidence

At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, we believe that all pupils should have the opportunities to share their pupil voice. We do this in a number of ways. The curriculum allows opportunities for pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding when using their pupil voice. The subject leader finds out pupils’ opinions about the teaching of Art and the content covered through interviewing during pupil conferencing and during lesson observations. The subject leader acts upon the comments and suggestions of pupils wherever possible.


Enrichment Opportunities

  • Art after school club offered across KS1/KS2
  • Learning to learn week at the start of every term
  • Cross-Curricular weeks (PSHE and Art in Term 2)



  • To ensure sketchbooks are being used effectively through KS1 and KS2.
  • To showcase the children's artwork around the school throughout the year.
  • To engage the wider community through a showcase event.



Discussions with pupils have shown that they enjoy art lessons and would like the opportunity to be more creative on a regular basis. Our first Art after school club was a success with the children producing wonderful finished pieces.