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At Priory Lane Community School, we are all artists!



At Priory Lane Community School, our art and design curriculum aims to instil a love of creativity. It 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. Learning about famous art, artists, craftspeople and designers, regardless of gender, creed or culture, develops the children’s knowledge of the world.



The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms



At Priory Lane Community School, art and design knowledge and skills have been carefully mapped across each phase to ensure developmental progression. Our curriculum is based around the elements of art- colour, tone, pattern, texture, line, perspective, shape, and form - which allows children to make connections, and remember skills they have been previously taught. The implementation of the curriculum ensures a balanced coverage of working with different media, including pencils, paint, clay and textiles. Links are made to artists and designers to engage the children and develop their knowledge of art and craft across different times and cultures.



The art and design curriculum at Priory Lane Community School looks like:

  • Engaging lessons, exploring different materials, working on a variety of sizes and scales
  • Developing still life, landscape and portraiture skills
  • Focussed planning and assessment to ensure that progression of knowledge and skills is effective and consistent across school
  • A focus on the elements of art to develop the children’s use of subject specific vocabulary
  • Where opportunities arise, engaging the children with aspirational artists which link to the taught topic
  • Working in sketchbooks to support the development of art skills
  • Cross-curricular links made to other curriculum subjects, such as History and Geography
  • Children’s art work is showcased in our school art gallery.




For creative art ideas to do at home, visit










Art documents...

Art Skills and Knowledge Progression - development of skills and knowledge across school

Our Elements of Art Descriptors...

Art Vocabulary List