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Art and Design

At St Peter’s First School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our Art curriculum is designed to provide children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. We encourage children to explore ideas and meanings through the work of a range of artists and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


As the children move through the school, they will work towards meeting the targets in the Art progression ladder inspired by the ‘Access Art’ curriculum. Teachers also refer to a detailed ‘progression of skills’ document which outlines the skills expected for each age range. Teachers use the Access Art scheme of work planning materials but are welcome to choose other planning formats to ensure they are confident in the delivery of their lessons.


At St Peter’s First School we understand the importance of fun, engaging and challenging lessons so that children are able to develop skill and confidence in this subject area. Teachers use formative and summative assessment information in Art and Design lessons to ensure pupils of all abilities are provided with the best possible support and challenge. Assessment information is collected through direct observation and discussion with pupils.

SEND - Ambition and Access at St Peter’s


Ambition – What are we aiming for children with SENDs to achieve in this subject?

Access – What amendments are made to the subject in order to help children with SENDs to achieve?

Be ambitious of what our SEND children can achieve.  Art and DT are different ways for children to think and draw on all their learning from across the curriculum without having to use it in the traditional way.  SEND children historically can achieve and sometimes exceed their peers when completing Art & DT tasks.


  • A spiral curriculum (revisit and revise) - At the start of a lesson, vocabulary should be revisited, together with the key facts learnt. Reinforcing the expected outcome so they have a clear idea of their journey.
  • Pictorial guidance (where applicable) - enabling children to take responsibility for their own learning, building their confidence (not being held back by their ability to read and write).
  • Check in - Teachers will spend a few minutes with these children, discussing what they do understand and getting them to explain what they want to achieve by the end of their learning.  
  • Flexibility of extending time for children with SEND                     
  • Amending equipment used to enable full access to learning

Long Term Plan 


Art at Home / Useful Websites 


The Artful Parent

You can access over 500 arts and crafts activities, including painting, sculptures and printmaking. This site gives you ideas of what Art supplies to provide for you child in order to create and make different things.


Art for Kids hub

You can watch step by step videos on how to draw different things, origami for children, how to paint, holiday and celebratory art projects and projects related to the Seasons. It also gives you a list of the resources you will need before completing each art project.


Land Art for Kids

A website which gives you ideas on how to collect natural resources to produce different forms of Art.


Tate Kids-The Best Art Website for Kids

Kids can follow instructions to make different things, play art games and quizzes and explore and read about the work of well-known artists.


BBC Bitesize Art and Design

You can watch class clips on famous artists, techniques and how to create different things.


How can you encourage Art at home?


Get messy!

Try to get hold of as many different types of drawing and painting resources as you can to let your child get creative and explore creating art using different materials. Paints, chalk, crayons, pens, pencils, modelling clay and much more can be found in discount shops. Just don’t forget to put lots of newspaper down first!


Use household objects creatively

Alternatively, instead of buying materials, let them get creative using things around the house – for example, pasta and pulses to create pictures using glue.


Keep a sketch book

Encourage your child to keep a sketch book. Suggest that they take it with them when they go out so that they can look for things to sketch – a tree, a building, a scene. Alternatively, if they see something they would like to draw, take a photo on your phone and let them sketch from it when they are home.


Celebrate your child's art

Praise your child’s creations and encourage them not to get disheartened if they feel they have made ‘mistakes’. Explain that art is about being creative and trying out different things. There is no right or wrong way to do things. You could even ‘frame’ their work using coloured paper or card and create a little gallery on the kitchen wall or in their bedroom to display their work.


Discuss and enjoy art together

Find out about local art galleries or museums that you can visit with your child. Encourage them to talk about what they see and to share their opinions – about subject matter, colours, what materials the artist used, and so on.