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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


"I like the freedom with Art to choose what I want to do. I like abstract the most."



"The best thing about Art is releasing my imagination onto pieces of paper."



"I enjoy being creative but it doesn't have to be perfect. It's also really fun."



"I'm proud of my American Gothic parody portraits.

We could change the background or the two characters. I chose Elsa & Olaf."



"We learnt about a painting called 'The Scream.' I am proud of my Scream portrait and my Wind in

the Willows sketch."



"I want to make my paintings better like Ted Harrison with the lines."




"My favourite part of Art is drawing portraits of me and my friends."



"I do lots of pictures in the pods at lunchtime."



"The Year 6 gallery in the Wellbeing area shows off our work. We have display boards in the class but I don't always like seeing my work on display as I want to improve it!"






Photo Gallery

Some children have been looking at the painting 'Snow Storm- Steam Boat off a Harbour's Mouth' by William Turner. They discussed what they could see in the painting and what the artist was trying to represent. Then, they spent time practising their sketching and shading and experimented with a range of colours similar to those used in the painting. The results were fantastic!



Pop Art Workshop at The Norwood School

Photography Workshop at The Norwood School