Northside Primary School

Northside Primary School - Achieving and celebrating success where every child matters


At Northside School we believe it is important to foster our pupils’ creative and emotional development. Art is a means by which children can respond to the world and express their inner thoughts and feelings. In addition to this we seek to develop the children’s creative ability through working with an extensive variety of media and to study the work of artists and designers which include a range of cultures and contexts. 


Pupils are encouraged to use colour, pattern, texture, line, tone, shape, form, space and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.  Through art, craft and design activities they learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in making images, objects and learning to shape their own environment.  They learn the part that art, craft and design plays in their own and others’ lives in contemporary life and in different times and cultures.  This enables pupils to become involved in, enjoy, understand and appreciate the visual arts which enriches their personal lives and enables them to understand the role they play in society.


Though the teaching of art and design we aim to:


  • develop knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art and design;
  • develop the pupil’s ability to observe, learn and record from the world around them;
  • stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world;
  • develop an increasing knowledge and understanding of the contribution of artists, designers and craftspeople to this and other cultures, past and present;
  • develop children’s understanding and ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings;
  • to understand the visual elements of colour, texture, line, tone, pattern and shape form in order to effectively express themselves through artistic means;
  • recognise the contribution that art makes to learning in other subjects;
  • develop the ability to analyse and make informed critical judgements about their work and the work of other artists, crafts people and designers using appropriate language;
  • develop the ability to recognise different kinds of art, craft and design and why and how they are different;
  • have entitlement to a broad and balanced, enriching curriculum.


At Northside we have a skills based curriculum covering, painting, drawing, collage textile, 3D, print, communication including ICT. Art is inherent in teaching of other curriculum subjects. We have developed a cross curriculum approach to the teaching of art and design throughout the school by implementing a creative curriculum.


Extension or extra- curricular opportunities


The school organises various after school art clubs.  An annual ‘Arts’ week is held where all pupils are involved in a variety of art activities and have the opportunity to work with visiting artists and crafts people. Visits to galleries, exhibitions and workshops are encouraged to enhance learning.  Displays are regularly updated and reflect the work of the pupils throughout the year.



Art curriculum content overview for all year groups


For more information

Art National Curriculum 2014