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Northaw CE Primary School and Nursery

Loving for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Forever in Faith

Art and design

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.


Isaiah 64:8

New International Version


At Northaw, we recognise faith has found expression in art and design for centuries. Influenced by Access Art, Bloomsbury and Take One Picture from the National Gallery, we have developed our own unique scheme of work, incorporating the five main skill areas (drawing, painting, collage, sculpting and printing) plus digital art, formal elements (pattern, colour, texture, tone, shape and line) and key artworks, showcasing talents from around the world. The teaching of the formal elements as discrete lessons is more appropriate in key stage 1. As the children get older and more familiar with the formal elements, they should become an integral part of art and design lessons and discussions. Teachers make subject-specific adaptations to activities for pupils with SEND. Our newly refurbished design hub is used for exhibiting artworks and projects, inspiring creativity, and storing materials and tools. We host a flourishing after-school art club. Ofsted’s research review series has informed our practice in this area.

Adaptation for Inclusion


We want pupils with SEND to achieve exceptionally well in art and design, and have constructed a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. The curriculum is successfully adapted to meet the needs of pupils with SEND, developing their knowledge, skills and abilities to apply what they know and can do with increasing fluency and independence.

Teachers can also refer to our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Guidance where classroom difficulties and strategies to support are listed by area of need.