Art and Design




Art and Design

As a ‘working towards Artsmark’ school, we recognise the importance of the arts. We strive to achieve arts excellence for all children through a curriculum which creates authentic opportunities that excite, engage and inspire all learners. Our aim is to ensure positive and inclusive experiences for all and we do this through actively involving children in practical and meaningful arts provision.

Children are given further opportunity to develop their art skills in other subjects, particularly in RE with our creative approach. Each year children participate in a Spirited Arts competition.

National Curriculum and Development Matters for Art:


Art and DT Implementation Plan

Our high-quality artistic education at St Mary’s aims to equip learners with the skills they need to progress in this society through a high-quality education, purposeful to the skills children need. We aim to provide our children with a platform to develop artistic skills and express themselves creatively.


Policy: Art Policy

Long term plan:

Art Long term plan 2021

A school full of Artists! We have entered the National Gallery’s Take One Picture competition. Take One Picture is our national programme for primary schools, which aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning. Every year, the gallery take one picture from the collection to inspire cross-curricular work in primary classrooms. Our submissions responded to Orazio Gentileschi’s ‘The Finding of Moses’ painting. We worked on many skills and had lots of links to the different areas of our curriculum.

Well done to everyone in our school for their beautiful stamp designs for the Royal Mail. The competition involved designing a stamp to say thank you to all our heroes during the pandemic.

To commemorate Remembrance Day and all of the brave soldiers who fought for our country, St Mary’s reflected on the symbol of the poppy. Across the school, we thought about the symbol and what it represents to us all, before expressing this in various art and design forms.

Reception and KS1 made their own poppies using recycled bottles. From this, they made beautiful wreaths to go at the front of our school, to both show our community that Rothwell St Mary’s remembers and to help them to honour the day as well. KS2 took a paper poppy and created their own work of art, reflecting on what the poppy means to this and exploring this with different media. It was fantastic to see the range of inspirations and creativity on show! As a school, we observed Remembrance Day, with Year 3 laying KS2’s poppy wreaths on our local cenotaph for us.

We are proud to be a part of this historic tradition and hope that our poppies remain a symbol of hope for a peaceful future for both us and the whole community.

Autumn 1 

Every September 15 is International Dot Day and as a school we looked at a story about a little girl named Vashti written by Peter H. Reynolds’ tale called “The Dot.”The story promotes a growth mind-set and allows children to show their own individual creativity. They story promotes the idea that anybody can be an artist. We celebrated this day by each class creating their own dot to be displayed in our school and show our creativity in lots of ways. Classes drew dots, painted dots, printed dots, ate dots and even wore dots to fully celebrate the day!