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Art and Design

One aspect of our school vision is that we value creativity.  Our Art and Design Curriculum is one of the subjects where we strive to live out this part of our vision and aim for excellence.  


At St. Paul's school, we aim to plan and teach inspiring, engaging and challenging Art and Design lessons which offer opportunities for creativity and expression and fuel the imagination of our pupils. We aim to offer pupils regular opportunities to acquire and develop their knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design.  

At St. Paul's school we aim to ensure that all children:

  • use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Have a knowledge of great artists, designers and architects in history
  • Create their own sketchbooks to record and evaluate their own works of art and those of others


At St. Paul's school, Art and Design is planned for and taught in line with our Curiosity Curriculum topics. As the children journey through the school, this  learning approach ensures that they engage in and cover a wide range of Art and Design lessons, having the opportunity to use a variety of artistic mediums and learn about different artists and works of art.

Pupils in Year 1 to Year 6 create their own sketchbooks in which they experiment with new artistic techniques, record and evaluate their works of art and reflect on their own progress and achievement in Art and Design throughout the year.

As well as incorporating regular Art and Design lessons into our Curiosity Curriculum teaching and learning, there are many other ways in which we aim to provide opportunities for creativity and to develop and acquire new artistic skills, such as:

  • Memorable Experiences

We often begin our Curiosity Curriculum topics with a ‘memorable experience’. Many of our topics throughout the school offer an Art and Design project which are often used as an engaging and fun way to kick off and hook the children into their new topic. For example, Year 2 begin their topic ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’ with a ‘messy day’, experimenting with lots of different artistic mediums and techniques.

  • Cross-Curricular Learning

Teachers at St. Paul's strive to make links between different subject areas of the curriculum to ensure that Art and Design skills are developed and used regularly. These opportunities for creativity, outside of Art and Design lessons, can support children in their learning and understanding across the curriculum.

  • Whole School Events

During the school year we hold school events and projects that incorporate opportunities for Art and Design across the school, showcasing the talents of our creative pupils. For example, all pupils recently designed their own stained glass window depicting a specific stage of the Big Bible Story.

  • Class Trips

Exciting workshops in school and trips outside of school are organised by class teachers, many of which have an artistic focus or are reflected on  in school during Art and Design lessons. For example, Year 4 went on a scenic walk and sketched a landscape drawing of their surroundings, whilst Year 1 went on a woodland walk to collect leaves, twigs, flowers etc. to create their own woodland inspired collages.


Through our Art and Design curriculum at St. Paul's, children will:

  • Have a passion for Art and Design
  • Be able to communicate what they see, feel and think through a range of artistic media
  • Have experienced and developed a wide range of Art and Design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, form and space
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other Art and Design techniques
  • Be able to comment on and evaluate creative works using language of Art and Design.
  • Have a developed knowledge and understanding of a range of artists and their works of Art
  • Develop a sense of their own originality and creativity
  • Be able to reflect on themselves and the world around them.

Knowledge and Skills Map

Art and Design long term plan 

Subject Policy

Art and Design Policy

Artwork inspired by the Pop Artist Rizzi by Wren Class (Year 1) 

Rizzi Artwork by Wren Class (Year 1)


Artwork inspired by listening to Jazz by Woodpeckers (Year 4)

Art work inspired by listening to Jazz