Art & Design

Art and Design

Through art, we give children the opportunity to explore and develop their practical and thinking skills using a variety of media and techniques. They are also given an insight into the working methods of known artists and the influences of different cultures throughout the world, past and present.

Children are also given opportunities to develop ideas across the arts making valuable links between visual arts, language, music, dance and drama. Art is shared within school via display and with the wider community through our website.

Key Stage 1

Through cross curricular themes pupils are taught:

•    to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
•    to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
•    to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
•    about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Key Stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils were possible are taught through cross curricular topics:

•    to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
•    to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
•    about great artists, architects and designers in history


Assessment takes place in line with the agreed schools assessment policy. Assessment is regarded as an integral part of learning and teaching and is a continuous process. Teachers evaluate the work in art against clear expectations. Different strategies are used for assessment procedures; observation, discussion, product. Reporting to parents takes place at two parent’s evenings during the year and in the form of a written report.



In music lessons the children are involved in making and responding to music. We aim to develop each of the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appraising in all activities and extend these skills by applying listening skills, knowledge and understanding of music.

At the same time it is important to develop the idea that music is fun and is for life. The children are given opportunities to experience a wide range of live music, both in our academy and at other venues, such as the Bridgwater Hall, Manchester. They are also encouraged to perform their own music for an audience, developing their self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.

As part of our extensive programme of extra-curricular activities, we encourage children in Years 3-6 to join our choir. Recorders are taught in Years 1 and 2 during weekly music lessons and in a KS2 lunchtime club.  Ukulele Club also runs at lunchtimes. The children enjoy learning new skills and performing to others.

Year 4 children all learn violin, viola or cello as part of their weekly music lesson. Many KS2 children take up the opportunity of instrumental music lessons from the peripatetic music service. Pupils often go on to take part in Wigan Music Service bands and choirs and we hold our own fantastic annual Summer Music Concert at St Wilfrid’s Church where children from Year’s 1 to 6 perform to a packed audience.

Office Contact: Mrs P Jackson

St Wilfrid's Church of England

Primary Academy.

Rectory Lane, Standish,

Wigan WN6 0XB

Tel: 01257423992

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