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At St Peter’s, our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Particular emphasis is given to teaching the skills of drawing, painting and sculpture in order for the children to gain sufficient expertise and show progression across the primary phase. In addition to this, children will be given experiences of using a range of media. This includes printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art.; opportunity is given to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of artworks and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists, craftspeople, sculptors and architects.  The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth.

 Artwork produced should be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and develop the relevant skills in order to achieve this. Through the use of sketchbooks, children are encouraged to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving.


How art is taught at St. Peter’s :

Our art curriculum provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work that will show progression of skills across all key stages within the strands of Art. The children are given an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration. Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media and manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of the elements of art: colour, line, tone, texture, shape, and pattern.  Because the children will have access to key knowledge, vocabulary and meanings, they will be able to apply this to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum. There will be, where applicable, links to develop the children’s learning experiences, which could take the form of whole school workshops or be linked to a wider cross curricular project. Teaching should plan for a final piece of artwork to be produced and celebrated at the end of each topic.


Key Stage 1:

  • Introduction to the artist/ art form to be studied.
  • Learn about the background of the subject
  • Use a range of materials and media ( primarily drawing and painting methods) to develop art and design techniques in the style of the subject studied
  • Produce a piece of work in the style of the subject studied
  • Evaluate work, making links and comparisons between theirs and the subject studied

Key Stage 2:

  • Year 3 and 4 - use of sketch books to further develop techniques
  • Years 5 and 6 - use their sketch books frequently as a place for them to experiment and try out techniques. They should be considered an art jotter and encouraged to be used regularly and by the children’s own initiation so that ideas are collated and reflected upon. Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques through topic work including their control and use of materials – increasingly being able to decide and choose which materials to use to produce a finished piece.

Pupils will be taught about great artists and designers.


By the time children leave St Peter’s Primary, they should be able to:

  • Observe and record from first-hand experience and for imagination.
  • Control and manipulate a variety of tools for their intended effect.
  • Have experience of various art and design techniques and processes.
  • Have an awareness of the visual and tactile elements of their work, and begin to use vocabulary to describe colour, line, tone, texture, shape, and pattern .,
  • Have an appreciation of the visual arts.
  • Have a knowledge of significant artists from a variety of cultures.