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St Philip's Catholic Primary School

Art and Design

Art and Design provides a visual, tactile and sensory experience. It is a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. It is so much more than making a finished product.

The process of exploring other artists and makers work and ideas is central to this experience. Through this we can explore other cultures and ideas, question things and wonder as well as enjoy art on a purely aesthetic level. At St Philip’s we encourage pupils to work in different ways, to take risks, explore and play with ideas and to develop confidence, independence, cooperation and team work.

Art and design is taught throughout St Philip’s with the overall aim to stimulate creativity, imagination and promote a lifelong interest and enjoyment in the visual arts. They explore drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital media. We take advantage of the rich artistic and cultural opportunities our town offers and make regular visits to local museums and work with local artists. We submit artwork for the Arundel Festival every year and also take part in town and locality Art competitions.

Children will evaluate and reflect on what they have done and discuss ways of developing their work. The teacher will give verbal feedback during sessions and support the children in finding the next steps in their learning. The work of other artists, architects and designers are considered and discussed to familiarise the children with a range and diversity of artworks.

Our curriculum intent for Art

With these aspirations, our intentions for the Art curriculum are:

  • For children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • To support children in becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • To develop skills that allow children to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • To gain important knowledge about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

We will implement these intentions by:

At St Philip’s Catholic Primary, teachers bring the art curriculum to life and engage children through a range of stimuli, including: key texts, famous artists and artworks, pieces of music and illustrations. We develop our Medium Term Plans drawing on artistic themes in the termly topics, making links with other subjects wherever possible, including: history, science, RE, English and Computing.

While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into the art curriculum means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. Links are made to termly themes and other curriculum subjects where appropriate and these are identified on the termly Curriculum Maps and individual Medium Term Plans. Long-term plans identify individual art units taught across the year group phases.

Children’s work is shared and celebrated consistently throughout the school through high quality displays, and local art festivals ensuring that our artwork is celebrated as part of the community too.

The use of sketchbooks is embedded in our teaching of art as it promotes self-directed learning and demonstrates to children how their learning in art can be creative and is seen as a process which can lead to exciting outcomes. This focus on the ‘journey’ of a piece of art helps children see that the process is as important as the outcome.

Art is promoted through our school with key focus areas including art. Themed weeks have seen artists and illustrators from the community work alongside children, modelling good practice and inspiring children to consider careers in the arts.

Art is further promoted through links with the local secondary school which provides a brilliant enrichment opportunity for children with a talent for art. We schedule workshops and art afternoons where children experience new techniques taught by a teacher with specialist skills as part of our Locality event in year 5 in the Spring and Summer term.

We also offer a fantastic after school Art club run by a local artist, which provides children with an extra-curricular opportunity to further develop their skills and knowledge.

 The impact of this learning will be: 


By the end of their time at St Philip’s, children will be able to:

  • Use a range of materials creatively
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Talk 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


By the end of their time at St Philip’s children will be able to:

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








Primary National Curriculum – Key Stage 1 and 2 – Art PDF