National Offer Day 2022 : Welcome to Reception. Information will be sent out to you during the month of May.
rockmount primary logo

Rockmount Primary School

All Can Achieve

Art and Design

"Art speaks where words are unable to explain"


Subject Overview


Art is a vital part of your child's education and involves exploring the properties of materials and their textures, experimenting with different effects, and having the freedom to create. Creativity is an important part of the national curriculum, as it encourages children to work independently. Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning about how art has shaped our history and how it reflects it.


Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. 




  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and design techniques.
  • To encourage students to produce creative work which explores, records and reflects on ideas and experiences in their own and others’ lives.
  • To know about a range of artists, craft makers and designers and understand historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • To evaluate and analyse their own and others creative works using the language of art and design.
  • To have a curriculum which will allow students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team.


  • To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught as part of a half-termly or termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
  • We provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning inside and outside the classroom.
  • The children are introduced to artists and their culture, developing an understanding between the artists’ work and how it is influenced by social, political and personal factors. 
  • Through research, students develop their ideas independently using sketch books and different medium.
  • Children are assessed against the unit objectives they are working towards each term and are encouraged to be reflective on their own and their peers’ work, assessing success and offering a supportive critique.
  • The children's learning is further enhanced with whole school ‘Big Art’ projects when the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring different styles and techniques.


Each pupil will;


  • Experience a broad, balanced arts curriculum, with an emphasis on the development of understanding and skills in art and design.   

  • Experience the arts through other areas of the curriculum.   

  • Be given a wide range of opportunities to express themselves creatively.   

  • Be given the opportunity to develop skills and interests inside and in the outdoors.   

  • Begin to develop awareness of the emotional impact the arts have on themselves and on an audience.  

Curriculum Map

Pupil Voice


"My teacher says we need to take care of our sketchbooks and sets the expectations every time before we do them. She shows an example in her sketchbook" Year 2


"I feel happy in Art because I feel like I have no limits to what I can do!" Year 3


"I was proud of my American Gothic portrait. We could change the background and I chose Ela & Olaf" Year 6


"When I want to improve in Art I practice and practice and sometimes I do it at home too. I an inspired by other artists" Year 3





Work Sample Gallery

Useful Links