Art embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. Through our art and design curriculum, we 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 are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and key artists. They will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.  

 We aim to develop a sense of belonging in children – understanding where they are in the world and how people, time and events have led them to be here. This can then be compared to other children in different places and across different time periods. Purposeful, memorable learning opportunities (including trips, visitors and artefacts) will promote aspirations, enable a positive self-image and develop a sense of well-being. Careful curriculum design will develop effective communication and language skills so that the children can interact with each other and the world around them. By using transferable skills between subjects, an ethos of a lifelong love of learning will be established.  

 At Carnforth, there is a focus on developing language which enables children to fully express their ideas with the use of subject specific vocabulary; children are able to critique and evaluate both their own and the work of others, showing tolerance and respect. As well as working and developing ideas in sketch books, we like to exhibit our art around the school.  

 We want children to be inspired to be artists, craftsmen, sculptures, printmakers, ceramicists and textile artists.  


Art and Design is planned around the year group’s current theme and builds upon the skills from the previous year and previous half term. The planning carefully follows a structured process which allows artistic skills and techniques to be built upon and layered (knowledge, understanding, analysis, application/evaluation and creation). The creation is then an opportunity to use all of the skills they have developed to apply independently.   

  As a school, we celebrate whole school artwork with all of the central school displays demonstrating the art sequence each year group have completed and illustrating the progression of skills from Nursery to Year 6.   

  PSHE and British Values are always woven throughout the Art and Design planning sequences. Speaking and listening is always promoted to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to explore and give an opinion on different artist’s work and how this could be applied in their own work. Feelings and emotions are always explored through artists, their peers and their own work and how colour and different techniques can reflect a specific mood or atmosphere.  

  Austin’s Butterfly is an approach we use when providing specific feedback to children’s artwork, as it provides a clear approach to evaluating, developing and refining their artwork throughout the learning sequence.