St Anne's Catholic Primary School

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Art at St. Anne’s Catholic Primary:


Why our art curriculum looks like this:

Our Art curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. The curriculum has appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore and investigate, create and evaluate artwork as set out in the National Curriculum and so will enable the children to reach and exceed their potential at St. Anne’s Primary School. It will enable pupils to create art work with a real purpose in terms when displaying and sharing the work they create and showcasing the skills and progress they have made.



How art is taught at St. Anne’s:


  • Our art curriculum provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work that will show progression of skills across all key stages within the strands of Art.
  • The children given an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration. Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a variety of artists, a wide variety of media and manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension.
  • Because the children will have access to key knowledge, language and meanings, they will be able to apply this to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum. There will be, where applicable, links to develop the children’s learning experiences, which could take the form of whole school workshops or be linked to a wider cross curricular project.
  • Teaching should plan for a final piece of artwork to be produced/displayed, evaluated and shared at the end of each topic.
  • Regular updates of sketchbook techniques will be demonstrated by the subject leader.




Key Stage 1:

  • Introduction to the artist/ art form to be studied.
  • Evaluation of some of the artist’s work paying particular attention to artistic vocabulary
  • Learn about the background of the subject
  • Use a range of materials and media to develop art and design techniques in the style of the subject studied
  • Produce a piece of work in the style of the subject studied
  • Evaluate work, making links and comparisons between theirs and the subject studied
  • Use sketch books to further develop techniques when no designated topic


Key Stage 2:

  • Children should be using their sketch books frequently as a place for them to experiment and try out techniques at any point in the school week. They should be considered an art jotter to be used regularly and by the children’s own initiation so that ideas can be review and revisited.
  • Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques through topic work including their control and use of materials – increasingly being able to decide and choose which materials to use to produce a finished piece.
  • Pupils will be taught about great artists, architects and designers in history with equal attention being paid to men as well as women artists.


  • Termly sketching assessment throughout school will indicate a gradual improvement of skills that show development in line, shape, tone, shade, observation, shape and perspective. The assessment will be recorded on Insight and give a termly view of progress that will inform planning and highlight pupil needs that could be refined in sketch book tasks.
  • Assessment of half termly topics are recorded on Insight that also inform planning and identify areas for focus.
  • Piece or work chosen from the work covered for artist of the month board