‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up.’

Art and Design Intent

At Rice Lane we believe that Art and Design should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to explore, experiment, invent and create their own art, craft and design. Pupils will learn about great artists and the historical and cultural development of art forms. Pupils will develop a range of skills and techniques including drawing, painting, and sculpture. These skills are recalled and practised to develop pupil’s deeper understanding, so that as pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.


Art and Design topics are informed by the national curriculum and are, where possible, linked to other areas of the curriculum.  At Rice Lane, we are passionate about developing and promoting art, craft and design through an enjoyable, creative and cross curricular approach. Exploring their ideas, knowledge and understanding from other subjects allows pupils to make links and consolidate their thinking in a creative way.  We are also aware of the impact that art can have upon pupil wellbeing. The Art and Design curriculum at Rice Lane is carefully planned and sequenced to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. We shall ensure the Art and Design curriculum is accessible to all and that any gaps caused by the impact of Covid are addressed and children remain fully engaged and build knowledge and skills over time.

An outstanding Art and Design pupil needs:

  • The ability to explore, communicate and express themselves through art.
  • To be able to express their ideas through drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • To explore different art media within their sketchbooks.
  • To have perseverance in order to improve their skill and craftsmanship.
  • To experiment with their own individual art style.
  • To have a thorough understanding of the works of different artists and to be able to take inspiration from their works.
  • To appreciate different cultures and backgrounds though art.
  • To be able to appreciate the impact that different artists had upon the world.
  • To be able to think critically in order to evaluate their own artwork and that of a peer.

Key visual art forms taught through our Art and Design curriculum

Our Art and Design curriculum at Rice Lane Primary has been designed and sequenced so that the children build upon their skills and knowledge taught from EYFS to Year 6. Each year, children will be taught through the key visual art forms; drawing, painting and sculpture. Within the key visual art forms, children will also be taught about contemporary arts and decorative arts and crafts.