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At St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School, we strive to create an Art curriculum that engages and inspires children to express their individual creativity and to produce their own works of art. The EYFS curriculum is the start of every child’s journey to becoming an artist and creativity is encouraged from the beginning of our children’s school experience. As children progress through the Key Stages, the National Curriculum objectives form the fundamental base of our exciting and inspiring progressive Art curriculum. 

Key stage 1 

Pupils should 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 should 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. 
Art is taught regularly throughout the year at St. Peter’s and is implemented through both year group themes (driven by high quality texts which aim to enhance the children’s understanding of specific Arts and promote a love of reading) and as stand-alone units linked to a focussed Artist or Artistic study. 
Carefully planned progression, using the 7 golden threads of our Spiral Art curriculum; Colour, Shape & Form, Line, Space, Texture and Tone (the formal elements of art), ensures that art skills are built upon over time. Children are taught to draw with more accuracy and technique, paint with increasing thought about colours and sculpt with more precise outcomes. They are given opportunities to draw, paint and sculpt in the style of appropriate artists, illustrators, architects and ancient civilisations. These skills are then mastered through the introduction of new materials or combination of materials. Mastery is developed further by encouraging children to experiment and adapt techniques to suit a specific style, discuss ideas and evaluate their work.