Art and Design



Our belief is that Art and Design forms an important part of the curriculum and gives children the practical knowledge and experience necessary for them to communicate their thoughts, ideas and observations in a practical and expressive way. In talking about art and evaluating their own and others’ work, children are encouraged to develop their visual language, ideas and feelings. Our curriculum deliberately includes a wide variety of artists and styles, which challenges the children’s expectations of what art is and could be. Through regular experience of a variety of materials, tools and techniques, we develop young artists to record creatively their ideas and the world around them.


In key stage 2 the children will learn to improve their mastery of art and design knowledge and skills by learning about colour, form, pattern, texture and line through drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. They will experience using a wider range of materials, including technology, to produce images, patterns and decorative pieces of work. They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.



At St Mary’s, we start each Art and Design unit with the introduction of a new artist. The artists chosen range across different eras and geographical locations to build cultural understanding; to inspire; and to develop children’s breadth and depth of art knowledge.


Through the exposure to a variety of artists, children will also be encouraged to develop skills of critiquing art – both their own and the work of great artists, craft makers and designers in history. Such activities enable pupils to apply inference and deduction as well as their own artist’s vocabulary when describing and explaining their thoughts and techniques to others.


Although art projects often involve all elements of colour, line, pattern and form, our progression of units across key stage 2 enable each year group to specialize, to develop key knowledge and skills of a focus art element. Each subsequent year revises the element previously studied and introduces a new one, with the view that by Year 6, pupils will be able to hone and apply all of their learnt knowledge and skills to new projects, developing a personal style and preference as they go.



To view the Art and Design coverage map and progression of skills, please see our curriculum document 2020/21, which may be accessed via the PDF link below. 



Our Art and Design Policy is to be found via this link: School Policies