Button Lane Primary School

Only the best is good enough

Art and Design

Art Lead - Miss Todd

We believe that all pupils should be exposed to the creative arts consistently throughout their education and have access to explore further opportunities in the areas of music, art and drama. Exploring the work of different artists and performers widens and enriches their view on the world, leaving pupils with fond memories of their time at Button Lane.

Expressing themselves through the creative arts provides children opportunities to work with different medias, sing and perform, and portray their learning to a range of audiences. Music and art kindle all areas of a child’s development, preparing them for school readiness and enhancing their educational journey, bringing the body and mind together.


Our Art & design curriculum aims to inspire all pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. We allow children the opportunity to experiment in an environment which is safe and where there are no right or wrong answers. A space where they can express themselves and build upon self-esteem. We give our children the opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond. This develops their appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage within our local community.

We believe in supporting pupils to meet the National curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and have ensured there is clear progression throughout each year group. We encourage and provide a wide range of experiences in the arts as part of and in addition to the curriculum. We expose all our children to the arts, giving them a chance to experience and participate in a wide range of creative activities and events. We aim to inspire children to create, experience and participate in great arts and culture. Our children are encouraged to reflect and evaluate their work to recognise their own individual successes. We aim to introduce them to an appreciation of the arts that will last a lifetime.


Assessment is used as a tool to inform our teaching and learning and to measure the impact of the curriculum we have created. We vary our approach to assessment to ensure it is tailored towards each subject. It takes place purposefully and meaningfully at key points across the year.

We assess each Art and Design unit in the following ways:

  • A knowledge catcher at the beginning of each unit to assess prior knowledge and at the end of the project to review progress 
  • Daily reviews to assess prior knowledge and starting points at the beginning of each lesson 
  • Low stakes end of unit quiz to assess the key knowledge and end points 
  • Moderation within school using the pupils books, observations and end of unit projects/outcomes using clear descriptors 
  • Pupil Voice

Conversations between subject leaders and class teachers take place to ensure that standards across the curriculum are monitored and reported annually to staff,  parent’s and  governors


Artsmark Gold Award

We have been awarded the Artsmark Gold Award by the Arts Council England. Please visit our dedicated Artsmark Award page for more detail.

Art in the Community

We have worked closely with Manchester Art Gallery on a number of occasions and pupils have paid many visits to the gallery meeting renowned artists including Naomi Kendrick and Kate Gaudy.

The inspirational Naomi Kendrick came into our school, leading an eight week project. Pupils in KS2 accessed the project which aimed to develop resilience and give the children a sense of ownership of a final piece. The final piece of artwork is displayed in the Assembly Hall for all to see.

Art Gallery

Art Exhibition

We are very proud to have hosted our own Art Exhibition in our school. All the children have worked very hard creating a range of street art pieces. These were then framed and displayed in our school for our parents and children to enjoy! Take a look at our work.