Merton Bank Primary School

'Never less than our best'

School Roper Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1EJ


Art and Design

At Merton Bank Primary School we teach art through focused art skills lessons as well as lessons linked to class learning journeys and class books.

All projects follow a sequence of learning where children first explore one or more artists who will be a source of inspiration for their project, time to annotate their works and discuss how the artwork makes them curious, what it makes them feel, their opinions and their thoughts. Then the lessons progress to learning and experimenting with new skills and art mediums, planning, and then creating a final piece to be self evaluated. 

The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Will produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Will 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.
  • Will know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Art feedback is given verbally by teachers, teaching assistants and sometimes by peers. When appropriate, some pieces of artwork will have written feedback in the form of next steps.

Assessments are made half termly and are monitored by the subject leader.


Merton Bank were thrilled to work with artist Gill Taylor who worked with enthusiastic groups of children and Merton Bank's Art Ambassadors to create artwork with the theme of Dreams and Aspirations in the centre of school. Children and staff were involved in writing the words and phrases included on the display and groups of children from Reception to Year 6 took part in workshops to create artwork in a variety of styles and mediums to create the collaborative display. We are so proud of the final outcome which has now inspired children to discuss and write about their own dreams and aspirations! Staff and governors at Merton Bank have high expectations for all of our children, who all deserve to fly!

Art and Design Subject Leader – Mrs E McKenna