Legh Vale Primary School

Legh Vale Primary School

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Learning together, Growing together

Legh Road, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0ER



01744 678330


Please see detailed information about our Art curriculum.  If anyone has any further questions regarding the curriculum please contact Mr A Howard (Headteacher).




Art and Design Curriculum Intent:

At, Legh Vale Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum provides our children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.


Art and Design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality Art and Design curriculum 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.


Our curriculum has appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore, investigate, create and evaluate artwork, as set out in the National Curriculum. Our art curriculum is planned out progressively, which enables pupils to reach and exceed their potential at Legh Vale Primary School.

Art and Design Curriculum Implementation:

Schemes of Work: Clear schemes of work are used at Legh Vale Primary School which are in line with the National Curriculum. Lessons are planned for and the Art and Design National Curriculum content is covered throughout KS1 and KS2. All pupils in the EYFS are taught Art as an integral part of the play-based learning covered during the academic year.

Over the year, each year group has opportunities to explore and investigate elements of drawing, painting and 3D mixed media. Within KS1 and KS2, children have an opportunity to learn about and create digital artwork. Through the units of work, children will learn about artists, their techniques and the impact/influence they have had.

Basic Skills: Cross-curricular links are made to give children opportunities to apply and embed skills from other areas of the curriculum and use their skills in purposeful contexts.

Language: Technical vocabulary is taught, which is essential to acquire a rich knowledge and understanding of Art.

Independent Learners: Children solve problems, take risks, explore and investigate media and materials, think creatively and express themselves.

Collaborative Learning: Children learn to value teamwork as they work together to come up with stronger ideas. They use skills to negotiate, learn how to work with others and respect and value the work and opinion of others.

Capital Culture:  Opportunities are mapped out across the curriculum for pupils to learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Enrichment: Visits and visitors are arranged to provide our children with first-hand, purposeful experience to support and develop their learning.  


Art and Design Curriculum Impact:

 Children at Legh Vale Primary School will know more, understand more and remember more about Art and Design. The impact of our Art and Design curriculum will result in our children feeling confident in expressing themselves, through the use of media and materials. They will also know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

At Legh Vale Primary School, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:


  • Formative assessment each term to monitor and track children’s knowledge and skills.


  • Summative assessments to monitor progress and plan future learning.


  • Images and videos to show children’s practical learning.


  • ‘Pupil Voice’ to find out children’s learning experience.


  • ‘Book look’ staff meetings where staff can share good practice and evidence of Art and Design across the school.


  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.

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