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At Holy Cross, we have a rich and diverse offer of arts activities that run across the curriculum. We have two enthusiastic Arts Ambassadors from each class. Their role is to:


  • Find out about fun art activities in Liverpool.
  • Research different ways that we can learn about art at Holy Cross.
  • Find out about and promote different artists.
  • Take part in activities and trips that will help us to find out new ways to make art.



Art and Design in the National Curriculum.

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.

Subject content
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught:

  •  to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  •  to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  •  to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  •  about 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.


Key stage 2
Pupils should be 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.
Pupils should be taught:

  •  to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  •  to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  •  about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Art and Design Long Term Plan

The children in Nursery are colour mixing using the puddles and powder paint. They mixed yellow and blue to make green and yellow and red to make orange.

Year 4 have been enjoying learning about Roman Mosaics in art. We researched different Mosaic designs, including; the Roman Maze design, the Celtic knot and geometric designs. We spoke about what features we would like for our own mosaic design. We then looked at a modern mosaic artist called Carrie Reichardt. We were amazed to find out that she had created a mosaic house in London! We then enjoyed creating a research page all about her and her work in our sketchbooks.

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