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Art & Design


At Murdishaw West Community Primary School, we believe that Art and Design is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum, as well as the enrichment opportunities it offers our children.

A high quality art and design curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Children are able to express their individuality and originality whilst stimulating their own imagination.

Art and Design enables children to be creative and see themselves as artists, appreciate and evaluate the work of a range of artists and diverse cultures within School and their local community. Children will have the opportunity to understand how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Children will appreciate the visual arts and develop a knowledge of significant artists, crafts people and designers, increasing their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art at different times and in different cultures. As they progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design and have more control over its significance.


We follow a broad and balanced Art and Design curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow an Art and Design scheme that ensures and progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Art and Design curriculum.


Art and Design is taught in all year groups at Murdishaw West and classes enjoy a minimum of three art units a year, ensuring Art and Design is evident in our classrooms throughout the academic year.


We want to ensure that Art and Design is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using art are always taken.


Art and Design at Murdishaw West will instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts, enriching children’s learning experiences across the curriculum. Our Art and Design curriculum will be high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate a clear progression of skills and knowledge. Children will be given a wide range of opportunities to express themselves creatively, through all areas of the curriculum and will be able to discuss key artists and talk about their work. The School environment will celebrate achievements in art, including classroom and corridor displays which will demonstrate the subject’s high status in School and the children’s sense of pride in their work, reflecting our creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. Children will be reflective and evaluate their own and each other’s works of art, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Our art curriculum will provide a release, a place for reflection and a way to engage our whole selves.  It will provide a platform for us to study the chronicles of others over time and our shared history. Our children will use art to have a full range of expression and to infer from the expressions of others. It will offer a reason to come together and share in an experience.

Year Group Overviews


Art Policy

This is our most recent Art & Design policy which explains in further detail how we teach Art at Murdishaw West.



A guide to the progression of skills and knowledge in art & design.

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