Art & Design

Subject Leader

The subject leader for Art & Design is Miss Wilson

Miss Wilson

They can be contacted by emailing using the subject title FAO of followed by the name of the subject leader. Emails typically receive a reply within 2-3 working days. Please note most of our subject leaders have a full-time teaching commitment.

With oversight and support from our Senior Leadership team subject leaders oversee and monitor the intent, implementation and impact of their subject.

Curriculum Development

Intent – The ambition and principles of our curriculum for our children. The curriculum content we expect children to learn. What we expect children to know. 

Implementation – How the intentions are realised. The sequence and strategies used to ensure children know and remember more. There is additional information on our curriculum page.

Impact – How we check and see if children know what we expect them to and how we help them further if needed. How knowledge and skills learnt improved and enriches their lives socially, emotionally, spiritually as well as academically.

Subject Rationale

Art and Design

Art and design at St. Peter’s helps to engage, inspire, and challenge children, equipping them with knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Our curriculum follows the statutory guidance and is designed to link with other subjects taught across the curriculum National Curriculum as well as provide the full National Curriculum entitlement to children.

Art and design supports children in becoming secure, and fluent in the identified agreed core knowledge and skills in Art and Design. Fluency and security in core knowledge allow children to explore design concepts in greater depth, while exploring and evaluating concepts and ideas enables children to articulate informed responses about their carefully crafted artistic creations.

At St Peter’s, the journey to becoming passionate towards Art and Design begins in the Early Years. Our youngest children learn about Art and Design within the EYFS area of learning known as ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ and ‘Physical Development.’. These will be led by the children’s interest and the ‘here and how’ gained from the observation, assessment and planning cycle. An example of how we inspire a love for Art and Design in EYFS includes throughout the topic ‘Me and My World’. During this topic, the children in EYFS learn about events such as Bonfire Night, Harvest Festival and Diwali and create pieces of artwork whilst using their imaginations to consider patterns and textures to enhance these creations.

By the time children reach the end of Year Six they will be secure in their artistic and creative abilities and will be working in line with age related national expectations. They will also have a rich and deep knowledge of local, national and international artists and architects. Furthermore, they will be able to use their artistic thinking skills such as exploring, considering, reflecting and evaluating to have a positive impact on their own artistic masterpieces.

Related Development Matters Learning:

Expressive Arts and Design:

  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.
  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.

Physical Development:

  • Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently. Suggested tools: pencils for drawing and writing, paintbrushes, scissors, knives, forks and spoons.

Full Art Subject Rationale

Subject Sequence and Knowledge Progression

The documents below outline in more detail the sequence children will follow in relation to Art and Design and the progression of knowledge.

Curriculum Subject Overview Art and Design

Knowledge Organisers Examples

To help children secure the intended knowledge we are developing a range of child friendly knowledge organisers to support our curriculum implementation. Some examples are attached below.

Knowledge Organiser Portraits EY

Knowledge Organiser Sculpture KS1

Knowledge Organiser Sculpture KS2

Impact Examples

We are pleased to share some examples of how knowledge and skills learnt have improved and enriched our children’s lives socially, emotionally, spiritually as well as academically.

Art and Design at St Peter’s is implemented by learning about a wide range of artists and mediums that we can use as inspiration for our very own masterpieces. We love to learn about famous artists, discuss and evaluate their work and consider how we could use a similar style to generate our own creations. As well as considering famous artists, our Art and Design curriculum enables progression by using different mediums to create various artwork. Some of these mediums include: clay, collage, paint, chalk, pencil and oil pastels. Our Art and Design lessons are an opportunity for us to explore our own artistic abilities in a supportive, expressive and passionate environment. It is wonderful to see how the skills we learn in the Early Years are developed and built upon from Early Years to Year 6.

Upper Key Stage Two Art and Design

Children in Upper Key Stage Two have been developing their knowledge and skills of sculpture in their Art and Design Learning (Ancient Egyptian Canopic Jars).
Using their designs, children have learnt pinch pot techniques to sculpt and inscribe. They have also learnt about the importance of scoring and slipping when joining two pieces of clay together.

Having previously learnt about the purpose and features of canopic jars when studying Ancient Egypt in History they have been able to apply this prior knowledge combined with their new knowledge and skills to create their very own canopic jars.