Art and Design Lead – Miss R Thompson

Whole school art and DT plan 23-24

Curriculum intent

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

In Saints Peter and Paul’s we want our children to follow an Art curriculum which develops learning and results in pupils knowing more, remembering more and understanding how the knowledge and skills can be applied in their own art work. We aim to design a curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding in exploring, researching and investigating, creating and evaluating artwork as set out in the National Curriculum so that children can reach and exceed their potential and beyond.

Curriculum implementation:

At Saints Peter and Paul CPS, our Art curriculum has been designed to provide learning opportunities for each year group and phase, ensuring learning, knowledge and skills are embedded and progressive, giving children meaningful and purposeful opportunities for learning.

Across each phase children will explore a range of drawing, painting and sculpting 2D and 3D objects as well as investigating textiles, printing and collage to build knowledge and skill progressively. Children in each year group will also study an influential person in art, such as an artist, designer or architect, using a range of ICT to research, explore, design and create different forms and styles of artwork, from across the world, using a range of different mediums.

The Art curriculum is implemented in two topic days each term, where the children will immerse themselves into researching, exploring, designing, creating and evaluating and range of different artwork. This allows children to explore their creativity and imagination as well as taking pride in their work. Children also keep a sketch book that moves with them on their journey through school. The sketch book is added too throughout each term and shows how each child has build on their skills and understanding progressively.

Although the Art curriculum is taught discreetly, children are encourage to use their skills cross curricular, for example, making mosaics, symmetry and shape in Maths and drawing diagrams in Science and Geography. Children also have the opportunity to attend a variety of art clubs across the Key Stages, as well as performing arts such as Shakespeare performances.

At Saints Peter and Paul CPS, we are also lucky enough to have a great relationship with a local gallery, giving the children first hand experiences of a range of art work and opportunities to work with artists from the local area and around the country.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

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

Foundation Stage

Art & Design is part of Expressive Arts & Design (Development Matters Document 2021)

Pupils learn to:

  • Explore different materials, using all their senses to investigate them. Manipulate and play with different materials.
  • Explore colour & colour mixing.
  • Create closed shapes with continuous lines, and begin to us these shapes to represent objects.
  • Draw with increasing complexity and detail, such as representing a face with a circle and including detail.
  • Use drawings to represent ideas.
  • Show different emotions in their drawings and paintings, like happiness, sadness and fear etc
  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.
  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.
  •  Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form & function.

Key stage 1

Pupils will be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Key stage 2

Pupils will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history


Learners develop their practical and theoretical skills across the Art curriculum and as a result achieve well. They also develop a passion for Art in the engaging and varied curriculum. The artists and art forms studied at Saints Peter and Paul’s are diverse, allowing children to see diversity in art and celebrate the successes of global, often less celebrated artists.