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Art at Manor Court Community Primary

Art at Manor Court Community Primary School 

Our Art Subject leaders are Mrs Morton and Miss Grabham


Statement of intent

At Manor Court Community Primary, we understand that Art is, and will continue to be, an essential part of our children’s lives. 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. 



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

  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft, and design techniques  

  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft, and design 

  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 


Progression and delivery 

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Children in Key Stage 1 should be taught to use a range of materials to design and make. They should be able to draw, paint and create sculptures to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. A sequence of Art lessons should develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space and to develop their knowledge and understanding of different Artists linked to their own work. The children should take pride and responsibility of their own Art sketch books to record observations and to use them for evaluating their work and to revisit. 


In Key Stage 2 the children should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials through experimenting, and developing their understanding of different arts, crafts and designs. The children should take pride and responsibility of their own Art sketch books to record observations and to use them for evaluating their work and to revisit. At this stage of their Art development the children should be encouraged to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting, and sculpture with a range of materials and to learn about great Artists, architects and designers in history. 


As a school we provide a variety of opportunities within Art so that our children can thrive and develop their own talents and grow in confidence: Year 4 enter the Carnival each year and make their own costumes and float linked to their theme; we hold Gifted and Talented workshops on a termly basis; an Arts Council was set up in 2020 to give the children a pupil voice and involvement in decision making. As a school we work within the community wherever possible and produce art projects. We have utilised the skills of outside agencies such as local artists, Carnival Club, Somerset Artworks and Cultivate to give our pupils a wide range of creative experiences with purpose, some being whole school, by year groups, or selected children, such as Pupil Premium or Gifted & Talented.  


The current provision in place is weekly teaching of Art by Janet Morton the Art teacher/specialist who will work with every year group from 1-6 at some point across the year. She provides advice to any of the class teachers about their Art planning. As a school we aim to produce termly ‘Art Projects’ and additional art lessons take place. Foundation includes the Arts within their everyday provision and invite parents in for small Art exhibits. There are a variety of Art based clubs on offer for the children over the year including sewing, construction and crafts.  

Each January, a whole school Art Exhibition takes place at the Guild Hall. This is open to the public and gives our children an opportunity to share their achievements with the wider community. Much of the work on show is in the style of the ‘Artist of the Term’, and some year groups focus on an aspect of Chard, which is part of the Autumn Term Curriculum. Art Councillors are tour guides, where they explain the work of their year group to visitors.  


Tracking and assessment 

Art is monitored through examples of work taken from various lessons. The National Curriculum is the guidance which provides objectives so lessons are progressive to make sure children will develop their skills and understanding as they move up through the school, with the ideas becoming increasingly complex. Each termly project planned, highlights the coverage of skills across each year group, to ensure the children are meeting the National Curriculum.  


Interventions in Art will not be academic in the same way that they are for other subjects. Some children who are on the ‘Gifted and Talented’ register receive Art projects across the year. A number of children receive ‘Art Therapy’ to support their emotional and developmental needs.   



Art lessons are planned in a way which means that all children can access the objectives. Differentiated activities are planned when appropriate and use of scaffolding and both adult and peer support will ensure that all children learn these essential skills.