Art and Design

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Art and Design at Ladybridge Primary School

The needs and backgrounds of our children, and the school’s core values, underpin all areas of our curriculum.


At Ladybridge Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, which is taught through the Learning Challenge Curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of children’s creativity and imagination. At Ladybridge we aim to 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.


At Ladybridge, the children are taught Art and Design as part of their termly Learning Challenge question, in a well-structured and creative approach.  Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensure the progressive development of knowledge and skills.

Throughout the Early Years groups, pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials.; to respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects; to use different media and materials to express their own ideas. Explore colour and use for a particular purpose; to develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately; and to select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary.

As children enter Key Stage 1, they will use a range of materials creatively to design and make products; use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.; develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space; look at 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.    

Further up the school in Key Stage 2 the children are 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. Children will create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. They will explore how to improve their mastery of art and design techniques including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials. 

Educational visits are another opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional art and design learning outside the classroom. At Ladybridge, the children have many opportunities to experience art and design on educational visits. The children have visited local art museums and had visitors into school to share learning and have hands on experiences.


Within Art and Design, we strive to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts enriching the children’s learning experience. Our Art and Design curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the Learning Challenges.

On-going assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.

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Ladybridge Primary School

Councillor Lane, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 2JF

Emma Hill and Tom Bolan-Ashworth

T: 0161 428 5445


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