Art and Design


In Art and Design, the intent of our curriculum is to enable every child to be an artist. The  curriculum takes inspiration from our school Biblical message of ‘Letting your light shine’ which allows every child to flourish as they develop the joy of creativity through the development of a range of skills, processes and techniques.  

The Art and Design curriculum enables children the freedom to explore and express their individuality in a variety of practical ways using a wide range of materials and techniques such as drawing, collage, sculpture and painting! They are inspired to develop their skills of observing, idea generating, evaluating, comparing and contrasting. 


The aims of the Art and Design curriculum follow that of the National Curriculum and that children not only gain knowledge of artistic styles and mediums, but also significant artists and movements. 

The Art Curriculum is designed so that taught knowledge and skills are built upon each week, term and year, with strong links to our local community such as using the local environment, the changing seasons, and buildings as inspiration.  This helps our children to know more, remember more and do more. To aid children’s retention of knowledge and skills we use knowledge organisers, low stakes retrieval quizzes as well as ongoing formative assessment and feedback. Other areas of the school curriculum  promoted and further enriched through links to the Art and Design curriculum. 

Our children explore their ideas through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern, using a range of materials and processes. High expectations are set for all learners regardless of their experience or attainment level. 

Our children are proactive in each Art lesson, identifying how their previous learning supports the understanding of new concepts and children have the opportunity to regularly identify which of the techniques, skills and processes they are developing. Children are taught subject specific vocabulary to help children explain their understanding. 

Furthermore the Art and Design curriculum is enhanced through the visits to local galleries such as the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Warrington Museum. First hand experiences are relished and are used aid inspiration and understanding throughout the school.  

Opportunities are planned through the year to showcase and exhibit children’s  artwork both in school and within local community spaces, such as the Parr Hall and St.Barnabas Church 


Children are an active part of assessing their own learning, through regular feedback in lessons and evaluation of processes used. At the end of each unit, teachers assess children’s progress against the objectives of the National Curriculum for core knowledge and artistic skills. These rigorous assessments build an accurate picture of each child’s overall artistic progress as they move from year group to year group, to ensure they are ready for the next stage of their learning.  

The skills, processes and techniques developed through the  Art and Design curriculum enable every child to flourish and live life in all its fullness. Children will develop a lifelong love of Art and Design, using their artistic and creative skills in the future to bring joy to others. 


If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please contact the school office.


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Our Vision

Preparing for a positive future,
achieved through faith

“Let your light shine”Matthew 5:16

About Us

St BarnabasChurch of England Primary School

St Barnabas is a very special place where we prepare our children for a positive future, achieved through faith and aim to give our children the knowledge, skills, self-belief and love of learning to ‘let their light shine’.

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St Barnabas Church of England Primary SchoolCollin Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA5 1TG

Mrs WalshOffice Manager

01925 633606 [email protected]

Miss Jane Hodgkinson | Headteacher

Mrs J Fisher | SEN Contact