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At Mab Lane, art forms an important part of the curriculum. We believe art education stimulates creativity and imagination whilst giving the child unique opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. Therefore, we believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum lessons.


Our art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, sculpting, printing, collage and digital art, and given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. We want our children to learn about other cultures, respect diversity, co-operate with one another and appreciate art from all over the world. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists and craft makers.


Art in Mab Lane is purposeful and allows children to explore the styles of other artists that inspire their own work and develop their expression as an artist. Children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and improve. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of verbal and written reflection.  Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not, and consider changes that could be made.



The skills children acquire throughout art are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion to enhance their personal, social and emotional development. Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example when printing repeating patterns and designs and thinking about 3D sculptures. At Mab Lane, teachers use both formative and summative assessment information in every art lesson. Staff use this information to inform their short-term planning. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils, including challenging more able artists. The assessment milestones for each phase have been carefully mapped out. This means that skills in art are progressive and build year on year. Assessment information is collected frequently provides an accurate understanding of the quality of learning in art. A comprehensive monitoring cycle is developed at the beginning of each academic year. This identifies when monitoring is undertaken. Monitoring in art includes: sketch book scrutinies, lesson observations, pupil interviews, learning walks and staff voice. All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.


Curriculum Impact

Due to pupil voice, art is planned and coordinated around the children’s interests, which captivates their imagination. Children will become creative learners, who have a web of knowledge about the great artists of the world. Creativity and individuality is celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations.


Sketchbooks are used from year 1 through to year 6 to regularly record, collect and explore ideas and images and other information relevant to current and ongoing work. Due to this, the children’s progression of skills will be evident throughout the school.


From assessment, the children will be confident meeting their key milestones. Teachers use key milestones to support their planning through the year and enables them to make judgements about children who have met, not met or exceeded the expected standard for each year group.  Where appropriate, children may be made aware of a specific milestone they are working towards.

Art Progression of Skills

Characteristics of an Artist


Art National Curriculum


Purpose of study

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.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
    • 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.

Attainment targets

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.

We are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets].

Subject content – Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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 and design 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.

Subject Content – 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:

  • to create sketch books 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.
Mab Lane Primary School are part of the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP). This was set up to increase opportunities for children and young people across our region to take part in quality art and cultural experiences. The LCEP has developed where you can search for cultural education resources, activities and experiences for children and young people, as well as CPD opportunities for staff.

We are taking part in the dot art schools competition this academic year 2021-2022. Entries will be submitted this Spring!

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