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Moston Lane

Community Primary School

‘Be The Best You Can Be’

Art and Design



 At Moston Lane, we believe that education in art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. Art and design provide children with unique opportunities to develop their intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills. At Moston Lane, our curriculum is designed to give the children lifelong skills and experiences so they can express their creativity in a range of visual forms.


We think that art and design should be taught as an individual subject as well as across the curriculum. These lessons will incorporate a range of techniques and media which will allow children to express themselves creatively.

In EYFS, the children will use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They will have opportunities to explore different techniques (texture, movement, colour and patterns) and look at a range of famous artwork.

In Key Stage 1, the children will learn to use a range of different materials to design and make their artwork. They will draw, paint, print and create sculptures (such as mobiles using recycled materials) and learn to implement a range of techniques including the use of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. They will also learn about the work of famous artists, craft makers and designers.

In Key Stage 2, the children will build upon the skills learnt in Key Stage 2 by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. Children will also use technology to produce their artworks (e.g. photography). They will record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate their progress. They will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history. They will also discuss the similarities and differences between artists and critically appraise their work.


This art curriculum will be assessed through the pupils’ sketch books (which pass with the child to the next year group), finished pieces, and photographic evidence (which will be saved on the school system). A selection of children’s artwork will be exhibited on displays around the school as well as on the school website. Feedback to parents on ability and attitude will be provided on the child’s annual school report. By the end of their school journey, children will be confident in expressing themselves creatively using a range of media. This will improve children’s social, emotional and physical well-being.


Please follow the link below to view the art policy:

Art Policy


 Below is the ‘Curriculum Map’ and 'Progression of Skills & Knowledge', which outlines the activities and skills that will be taught throughout the year.

Art and Design Curriculum Overview

Progression of Skills & Knowledge


Please follow the links to find out more about the expectations for your child:



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Knowledge Organisers 

Please find the 'Knowledge Organiser' for your child's year group and topic below. They contain key words and information that the children will be learning throughout their topic this half term. 


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Pablo Picasso Alexander Calder Sheila Hicks Andy Warhol Roy Lichtenstein Clare Allan
Henri Matisse L.S. Lowry Vincent Van Gogh Stanley Chow Banksy Frida Kahlo
Peter Thorpe Salvador Dali

Local Artist - Stanley Chow

When Year 4 found out they would be drawing portraits in the style of local Manchester artist Stanley Chow, Miss Redpath made contact with Stanley to ask for some top tips. He was kind enough to send us a whole video showing us how to draw portraits! You can watch it below and see the amazing artwork on the Year 4 page.

'A View From My Window'


A huge well done to everyone who took part in this competition - the work you sent in was amazing! Three winners were picked from each key stage and you can see their entries below. We also had a parent and staff winner so a huge thank you for getting involved.

'A View From My Window'

Art competition January 2021

Your task is to create a piece of artwork which represents the view from your window. The winner will have their work displayed in school and receive a certificate. There will also be a certificate for the best home entry by a grown-up and for the best staff entry. You can email your entries to:

The closing date will be Friday 12th February - good luck!

Please click on the documents below for more details and for inspiration:

Competition Information


Art around our school

Viking longboats

In Year 4, the children created a multimedia collage after learning about the Vikings in history and their use of longboats.

Local artwork

Moston Lane Primary School were chosen to create winter themed artwork to display around the local community in aid of the Christmas community day. Have a look below at their fantastic creations!

Clay sculpting

In Year 4, the children created clay dragon eye sculptures linked to their history topic of 'Anglo-Saxons' after learning that Anglo-Saxons believed it was a dragon's task to seek out and guard treasure.


In Year 2, the children learned about Alexander Calder who is best known for his sculptures and mobiles. They created their own mobiles to hang around the classroom.

Moon Zoom

In Year 1, lots of learning about space took place and the children created some inspired artwork.


In Year 5, the children learned about the solar system as part of their science work. They went on to create space artwork inspired by the work of Peter Thorpe.

Self Portraits

Each year group focused on a different artist to create self-portraits inspired by their techniques.

Moston Lane’s Amazing Art Exhibition

Moston Lane held an art exhibition to display some of the amazing art work produced by Moston Lane pupils. Every class visited the exhibition in anticipation to see the fabulous artwork. 

After school, parents and carers were invited to come and enjoy the children’s creations. 

It was a successful afternoon and lots of fantastic comments were made about the children’s work such as ‘Outstanding’, 'Astonishing art’, ‘Great art work’ and ‘They look wonderful.’

We definitely have a lot of artists in our school!

Year 6 sketching

As part of the Year 6 topic on Habitats and Adaptations, they visited the Manchester Museum to take part in various activities. One of these activities included sketching and shading different insects and animals that were on display in them museum. This task allowed the children to include the fine details of the animals shape, skin and markings.

Year 4 Clay

When learning about British Settlements, Year 4 children made their own Anglo-Saxon pottery. They looked at patterns and shapes and practised these skills in their sketch books. After this, the children designed their own Anglo-Saxon inspired pot. When their designs were complete, Year 4 got to use and develop different skills when using clay. We looked at rolling, squeezing, carving, scoring and smoothing.

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Moston Lane, Moston, Greater Manchester, M9 4HH

Tel: 0161 205 3864