Art and Design


  St Charles’ Catholic Primary School 



St Charles’ Catholic Primary School 

Art and Design Curriculum Intent

At St Charles’ Catholic Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

Our high-quality scheme of work educates, engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. All our lessons are built on four pillars: generating ideas, evaluating, knowledge and making, and ensure progression of skills.

As children progress, they become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Skills are developed to help them evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

Children learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. We are very lucky to live in a city full of cultural opportunities; therefore, we want our children to make long-lasting memories by having cultural trips and experiences around our creative city.



The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at St Charles’ Catholic Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and supported by Kapow Primary Scheme of work, ensuring a well-structured approach to this creative subject. The scheme ensures progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills.

Staff are encouraged to teach a weekly Art and Design lesson. This helps ensure sufficient time is allocated to art and design and that the subject matter can be revisited frequently, helping improve the rates of progression the children make. Trips and visiting experts are planned for to help enhance the learning experience and improve the potential for our children to retain what they have been taught, creating long-term memories. We believe it’s important to celebrate children’s artwork and encourage displays within class and around the school giving children pride and a purpose to create.


 Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary


Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  1.  to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2.  to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3.  to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4.  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 are 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 are taught:

  1.  to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2.  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]
  3.  about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Our Art curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  1. Assessment of children’s learning in Art is an ongoing monitoring of children’s understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.
  2. The assessment milestones have been broken down for each year group, ensuring the skills in Art and Design are progressive and build year on year.
  3. Summative assessment is conducted termly by class teachers across each year group of the school to inform the subject leader of progress or skills and knowledge still to be embedded. This is recorded on a tracker grid. These judgements then inform the end of year level the children are working at.
  4. A comprehensive monitoring cycle is developed at the beginning of each academic year. This identifies when monitoring is undertaken. Monitoring in Art and Design includes sketch book scrutinise and pupil voice interviews.

All this information is used to help inform and further develop the Art and Design Curriculum and its impact on pupil attainment and progression.

National Curriculum – Art and Design

Progression chart

At St Charles’ we value our positive relationships with our children and their families.

 We hold regular Family Craft Nights throughout the academic year.

They are always a huge success!