St Mary’s Church of England Primary School

Love your neighbour as you love yourself

Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4JJ

01394 383649


Art and Design


Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Art


At St Mary’s CofE Primary we want to ensure all pupils produce creative and imaginative work. The children will have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others’ and evaluating different creative ideas. The children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques as well as developing their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. 


Our art curriculum reflects our five school values:



In art, children will:

  • Listen respectfully
  • Empathise
  • Collaborate
  • Co-operate

The art curriculum will:

Have a local, national and global dimension and promote mutual respect and understanding of other artists work, including those within their class.


In art, children will:

  • Imagine
  • Problem solve
  • Find patterns
  • Observe

The art curriculum will:

Encourage an appreciation for artistic expression as well as providing opportunities for the children to apply their own creativity.


In art, children will:

  • Be resilient
  • Persevere
  • Fail and try again
  • Give their best effort

The art curriculum will:

Offer challenging starting points from which the children will explore and adapt ideas as they progress.



In art, children will:

  • Question
  • Debate
  • Think about how they learn best

The art curriculum will:

Offer opportunities to question artistic choices and decide where to obtain information and how to record it in their sketch books. They will draw on prior learning.

In art, the children will:

  • Manage distractions
  • Not create distractions
  • Take responsibility for their actions

The art curriculum will:

Provide opportunities for the children to take responsibility for their learning, particularly through the ‘sketch book’ phase as their development will inform their final piece.


Curriculum drivers for all curriculum areas: 

Threshold concepts for art: 

Communication so children will have the high-level vocabulary and skills to ask questions, explain their learning and communicate effectively through a wide range of media.

Challenge so children are self-motivated and willing to take risks; solve problems creatively, taking pride in their learning; and motivate themselves towards success and increasing independence. 

Community so children will feel a sense of belonging as empathetic, respectful and supportive members of our immediate school environment as well as the global community. 

  • Develop knowledge and skills to create 
  • Develop critical and creative thinking
  • Understand how art and artists influence and shape history

This builds on work done in Early Years

Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials

  • ELG: Using and exploring a variety of materials, tools and techniques. 
  • Exceeding: Develop their own ideas through selecting and using materials and working on processes that interest them. 

Expressive Arts and Design: Being imaginative

  • Exceeding: Talk about features of their own and others’ work



The 6 units or themes of art are spread across 2 consecutive year groups and are taught either weekly or in a block where it is deemed more suitable.  Those units are: painting, drawing, printing, 3D, textiles and collage.  Where the class are completing a textiles unit in DT, they will not be coving that area in art. 


The Suffolk Art Plans develop the children’s 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 should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture and creativity of the world; often through their history and geography links. 


We use the school grounds and local environment to expand on our art plans.  With easy access to our school garden, forest and river there are plenty of opportunities to provide local links.  

Our MAT provide opportunities to collaborate with other schools and display work in an external exhibition. Through this we develop new techniques to inspire and motivate the children to learn individually as well as collaboratively.

Staff training on areas of the art curriculum are provided and then delivered in class.


The impact of our art curriculum can be seen by talking to the children about their interest in this subject and seeing evidence in their sketch books, class scrap books and on displays around the school.

Children’s attainment is updated on Target Tracker throughout the year and attainment steps are updated termly. This allows the class teacher and subject lead to monitor the progress of all children across the school.

Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school. Teachers have high expectations and quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways. With the introduction of sketch books in KS2 the children are taking pride in the way they are recording their ideas resulting in a clear development that they are able to draw on for future pieces.


Children use technical vocabulary accurately and can be seen to improve their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. The children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.