Art & Design

Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else

Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

What is the vision for Art and Design in our school?

Art and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

What does Art and Design offer to our pupils?

At St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s Primary School, we want our children to receive a high-quality art education so that all pupils are: skilled in the fundamentals of art, have the ability to critique existing artworks and famous artists; can apply knowledge, skills and understanding to create artwork in a range of meaningful contexts. The curriculum for art is carefully sequenced to build: knowledge, skills, vocabulary and experiences which build on prior learning and enable pupils to make connections between ideas/their learning and the world around them. We also want pupils to have an appreciation of art and aim to nurture a sense of fun and curiosity about the subject. We believe that art can contribute to cultural understanding, therefore we want the children to see art as being relevant to their world and applicable to everyday life as well as being something that develops through their school life and ultimately into the world of employment/and beyond. Our curriculum is intended to be progressive, build on prior learning and to actively encourage children to have purposeful memorable experiences. We are mindful that our pupils need to be aware of the cultural diversity which exist Art enables pupils to deepen their awareness, understanding and to be inspired by the multicultural world in which we live.

What effect does our Art and Design curriculum have on our pupils?

At St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s school we build on the children’s creativity by nurturing and inspiring. We aim to develop a love of Art which will hopefully continue into their adult lives.

 Art can be both intellectually challenging and creatively demanding and therefore builds resilience within a safe environment.

It appeals to every child without the worry of right or wrong. The children are encouraged to critique each other’s work and the work of Artists / designers showing a positivity, kindness and respect which will aid them in their future lives.

‘Art provokes innovation, imagination and thought. These skills are essential in society.’

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Curriculum Unit Overviews

Below are a series of links to the units of work that the children will be exploring during each academic year. The document outlines the key objectives and vocabulary that the children will encounter during their learning.

Year 1

Spiral drawings and collage

Simple print making

Making Birds

Year 2 

Explore and draw

Explore through mono print

Making Collages

 Year 3 and 4 

Cycle A 

Gestural drawing with charcoal 

Cloth,Thread and Paint 

Telling stories through art 

Cycle B 

Exploring pattern

Exploring still life

Sculpture, structure, inventiveness and determination

Year 5 and 6 

Cycle A


Land and city scapes 

Set Design

Cycle B 

2D drawing to 3D Making 

Exploring Identity 

Take a Seat

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