Learning & Development


The Art curriculum at Red Lane is rooted in the belief that art provides a medium for pupils to understand and evaluate the thoughts, feelings and ideas of others and to express their own. Art and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity and we believe that it is our duty to develop cultural appreciation of art and to develop knowledge of key individuals and their contributions in this field. It is through these key principles that we engage, inspire and challenge pupils whilst equipping them with knowledge and skills to explore, invent and create their own works of art and craft.

At Red Lane, Art is taught as a discrete subject in order that the development of knowledge and skills is taught meaningfully and explicitly. Naturally, links are made to other areas of the curriculum but this does not dilute the quality and entitlement of high quality Art teaching.

The school’s long term plan for Art sets out the content of teaching within in each year group. This is supported by the school’s Art progression document which demonstrates learning outcomes within each strand of development within an Art unit. Short term planning details how this content is developed over a series of lessons within the unit of work.  The organisation of the Art curriculum provides structured opportunities for pupils to:

  • record responses, including observations of the natural and made environment;
  • gather resources and materials, using them to stimulate and develop ideas;
  • explore and use two and three-dimensional media, working on a variety of scales;
  • review and modify their work as it progresses;
  • develop understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from a range of times and cultures, applying knowledge to their own work;
  • respond to and evaluate art and craft including their own and others’ work;
  • show development in their ability to create images;
  • understand and apply the basic principles of art and craft to include: Line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion and perspective;
  • realise their ideas and sustain a level of working from start to the completion of a project or a piece of work.