The Intent - Why we teach what we teach.

At New Close Primary School we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum which is fully inclusive to every child. Art provides children with opportunities to develop and extend their skills and gives them the opportunity to express their individual ideas, interests and thoughts.  

Our intention is for children to explore different art forms and develop a more rigorous understanding of art. We want our children to challenge their thinking and know that possibilities are endless by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. 

Art in our school is about engaging, inspiring and challenging pupils by exposing them to high quality artists, architects and designers. The staff at New Close Primary School ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore different materials and art forms.

We aim to immerse our children in different cultures through art to aid their knowledge and understanding. Understanding what it is to be British and the values of our nation are central to our work and through art, we intend to play a role in this by developing a knowledge and appreciation of the traditions of British artists and the ways in which art has been central to our culture throughout history.


The national curriculum for art aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.