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The National Curriculum

At Holy Cross Academy we follow the national curriculum for Art and Design. Within this there are 4 overall aims for all children.

1. All children produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

2. All children become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other techniques

3. All children evaluate and analyse creative works using the appropriate language

4. All children know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art.

How We Teach Art

At Holy Cross, we value our cross curricular approach to teaching art. Art work is closely linked to their topic, which promotes creative teaching and the children’s enjoyment and curiosity for learning. 

We use a detailed skills progression document to plan and deliver art lessons. This ensures that art and design skills are developed systematically throughout their time at school.

Each half term the children focus on a different artist, developing their knowledge of a variety of artists and styles. This allows children to become inspired and develop their own creative ideas that are based on different styles and techniques.

In year three the children visit the National Gallery in London, where they experience the artwork that they have studied at school. 

The children build up a sketchbook that follows them through key stage 2, where they have the opportunity to sketch and practise key skills and techniques.

Art in school

Art Week is an exciting week in which the whole school is creative, expressive and immersed in a variety of art activities across the week. The art produced is then displayed at an ‘Art Exhibition’ where children and parents can appreciate and celebrate the creative outcomes of the week.

Art is prominent in our International Week, with children experiencing different techniques and materials in their art work from other cultures and countries.

We have been fortunate to have visiting artists come into school to complete projects and activities.

Holy Cross CatholicPrimary Academy

Tracyes Road, Harlow,

Essex, CM18 6JJ

01279 424452