Nagle-Rice PS
Co. Kerry

Phone: 066 976 7625


Introductory Statement

Our Visual Arts plan was drawn up in consultation and collaboration with staff members. Its preparation involved review of current practice, research of curriculum documents, PCSP materials and other materials and resources available in our school. This plan was drawn up in consultation with Anne Beechinor, Arts Cuiditheoir.


The purpose of this plan is to provide an overview of the subject in our school and to set out our general aims and goals. It provides frameworks for both long and short term classroom planning. It will also provide information for our teachers, our parents, classroom assistants and the Board of Management on the approaches and methodologies adopted by this school when teaching the Visual Arts.


In line with the principles of the Primary Curriculum, we endeavour to provide opportunities for relaxation, enjoyment, achievement, success, affirmation and encouragement through the art experience. We emphasise the importance of the process over the product and provide opportunities for hands on experience to enable children to express themselves creatively through a variety of media. Self expression can lead to an unconscious healing process as children try to come to terms with what is happening in their world. They learn that life is varied and can be viewed from many different angles. Thus, learning through art contributes to the child’s whole development, enhancing self esteem and self confidence. We are chiefly concerned with the holistic development of the child in the hope that this will enable them to engage more fully in all aspects of life and assist learning across the curriculum.


We endorse the aims and objectives of the Primary Curriculum for Visual Arts as stated in Page 9 of the Curriculum document.

As a whole school we also aim to

  1. Foster an appreciation of the Visual Arts.
  1. Provide enjoyable experiences in a wide variety of media.
  1. Provide fulfilment in creative works.
  1. Provide children with the basic skills needed – cutting, use of paintbrushes etc.

On completion of the Visual Arts programme in sixth class we hope the children have

Strands & Strand Units

All teachers in our school have familiarised themselves with the curricular objectives outlined for their classes in the Visual Arts Curriculum. The staffs have worked with the Visual Arts cuiditheoir. All children will be given opportunities to engage in the strands of the Visual Arts Programme as follows:


In all classes in our school, children are enabled to


In all classes in our school, children are enabled to


In all classes in our school, children are enabled to

Paint & Colour

In all classes in our school, children are enabled to


In all classes in our school, children are enabled to

Fabric & Fibre

In all classes in our school, children are enabled to

Through completion of the strands and strand units each child should be enabled to develop and awareness of line, shape, form, colour and tone, texture, pattern and rhythm, and space through completion of the strand objectives. Art activities in each of the strands may incorporate a stimulus, an activity and an evaluation.

Children with Differing Needs

In our school we have many children with different needs

All children participate in the Visual Arts lesson in an integrated setting. In planning and teaching lessons, teachers are aware of different needs, limitations and abilities. Clear concise instructions are given, the use of language is seen as central and activities are adapted to suit differing needs and abilities. Children may be working to the objectives of another class level depending on their needs. Art activities may also be part of Special Needs, Language and Learning Support teaching. Classroom assistants, resource teachers, learning support and language teachers may also be called on to

assist in classroom activities.

Opportunities for Linkage & Integration

There are many opportunities for integration of Visual Arts with other subjects and we encourage this at all levels. Theme and seasonal based activities will also be used to support integration, thus enabling the children to use their creativity in understanding both visual arts and other subjects. Some examples of where integration may occur are

Drawing from imagination a character from History

Leaf prints

Observational drawing

Looking and responding to our environment

We also encourage linkage of the six strands as this emphasises the inter-related nature of arts activities. This incorporates linking strand with strand (printing on fabric), linking strand with strand unit (construction activity leading to looking and responding to constructions in the environment) or linking strands by using a theme.  



We will try to display the children’s work as widely as possible. We will also endeavour to change display as regularly as possible. Areas for display in the school include

There are also further opportunities for display outside of school

Equality of Participation & Access

All children in this school, regardless of gender, nationality or culture are given opportunities to participate in all aspects of the Visual Arts Curriculum. We endeavour to use the Visual Arts as a suitable means of integrating the culture of our pupils. We will look at art from other cultures and promote the integration of all our children in the process of making art and looking and responding to art.

Health & Safety

Our health and safety policy is reflected in our teaching of visual arts. Each teacher educates his/her class in the proper use of and respect for materials and tools. Classroom assistants/ SNA’s will also supervise during the Visual Arts lesson when applicable.

Assessment & Record Keeping

Assessment in Visual Arts will involve the teacher observing the child’s abilities, skills, and creativity during the process of both making art and looking and responding to art.

The teacher will assess the child in the following areas

The teacher will keep samples of work and we also use the digital camera to record

the pupils work. At various stages the teacher may design specific tasks in order to assess a particular aspect of the child’s work. The emphasis in assessment will always remain on the process as opposed to the final product.

Positive, sensitive language will be used when providing the children with feedback. Suitable terminology will be used and children will be encouraged to assess their own work critically, developing a visual vocabulary.

Assessment will inform future learning.

Individual Teacher Planning and Reporting

In this school the teachers plan on both a long and short term basis. Teachers are encouraged to use both the school plan and the Curriculum documents to provide information on classroom planning. Teachers may plan using a thematic approach, by strand and strand unit or adopt and integrated approach. Teachers will provide Cuntas Miosuil to the principal outlining the activities.

Staff Development

Staff development in the Visual Arts is encouraged. Teachers are encouraged to attend courses in the education centre or Summer courses in this area. Each teacher has responsibility for Visual Arts and the staff is kept informed on Arts issues. Teachers also have access to broadband which allows them access to useful websites.

Parental Involvement

We will encourage parents to talk to their children about their artwork and where possible to visit the school to see the children’s work on display. We encourage parents to support their children’s work by providing materials from home where necessary. We will make our Visual Arts plan available for parents.

Community Link

Success Criteria

The teacher’s classroom planning will be based on this plan. The aims and objectives of this plan will be followed with emphasis on developing a whole school programme that allows for development and progression. Based on this, we hope that our Visual Arts plan will prove successful in its implementation. Success of this plan will be based on teacher/pupil feedback and also inspector’s reports and recommendations.


The plan has been reviewed through collaboration with all the staff, PCSP Arts cuiditheoir. Each teacher has the responsibility to implement the VA Curriculum in his/her classroom. Each teacher will monitor progress, encourage feedback and update the plan again, if necessary.

Ratification & Review

This plan was ratified by the Board of Management on: – 25.01.2011

A copy of the plan is also available in the school for perusal by individual parents.

The staff, parents and Board of Management will review the plan in January 2014

Possible Resources


Paint & Colour




Fabric & fibre

Miscellaneous Items

Reference Books

See attached list.

Reference Books

(Junior Building)

(Senior Building)