St Columba's Catholic Primary School

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St Columba's Catholic Primary School

Every Person is Precious to God


 “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and

that voice will be silenced”

Vincent Van Gogh


At St Columba’s, we aim for our art curriculum to develop creativity, engage and inspire children and equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Across the school, pupils will be exposed to a broad range of arts, craft and design. They will develop the skills to be able to think critically about art and design, including their own. Through gaining knowledge of diverse range of famous artists, they will develop an understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation, exploring artists, architects and designers.  

In art and design lessons, pupils will be taught:

  • how to design and draw
  • use research and sketches as aides
  • use a variety of materials
  • evaluate their art and build their knowledge.

As they progress through each year group, they will develop their techniques and have the opportunity to apply these creatively with no ceiling on what they can achieve.


In all year groups, a teacher will plan art and design using the year group overview which focuses on the knowledge and skills stated in our Access Art  Split Curriculum which complements the National Curriculum. Through effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences, teachers lead discussion and model the correct skills to pupils. They provide children with opportunities to practise and develop mastery in the key processes of the three pathways; drawing and sketchbooks, surface and colour and working in three-dimensions. They will also develop an understanding of the visual elements of art and design: line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and 3D form .

Wherever appropriate, art and design is linked to other areas of the curriculum and gives pupils opportunities to develop specific art skills.  Pupils are encouraged to reflect, evaluate and analyse creative works. This process is supported through the use of sketchbooks from years 1 to 6 which gives the children the opportunity to practise revisit and review their work.

As well as developing proficiency in skills, children will have a knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. This ensures that children understand the context of the artwork and are inspired by the artists, architects and designers they study.

Through art and design activities, we hope to contribute to the development of the whole child emotionally, spiritually, cognitively and socially. We proudly display pupils’ artwork throughout school and at our annual BCWCAT Art Exhibition in order to motivate and inspire and to celebrate the pupil’s artwork. 


  • Develop the knowledge and attitudes to enjoy and appreciate art and design through an understanding of their own and others creativity.
  • Children are motivated and confident in creating and investigating artistic styles and techniques 
  • Art knowledge and appreciation is developed and shared in class and displayed around the school. 
  • Pupils have the confidence to evaluate and analyse different forms of art work including that of others and their own.
  • Pupils have knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers.
  • To use a rich and vibrant vocabulary to express their ideas and views.
  • Develop confidence, have a go, resilient learners.
  • To have a greater understanding of spiritual, cultural and diversity on a local, national and global scale.


Long Term Plan 

Document in progress 

Progression of Substantive and Disciplinary Knowledge

Vocabulary Overview:

Pupil Voice

Children's Work Examples

Knowledge Mat Example