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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. Children learn the skills of drawing, creating sketchbooks, printmaking, sculpture, design, painting, craft, textiles, multimedia and digital art. 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.



The teaching and implementation of Art and Design at St Peter’s First School is based on the National Curriculum and ensures a structured approach to this creative subject. Art is delivered by teaching specific skills and through opportunities for purposeful cross curricular links wherever possible. Children explore and practise practical skills and techniques, specific skills are revisited in each key stage, at a progressively deeper level.


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. Classrooms are well resourced, with children working in their dedicated sketchbooks or on a variety of media including digital media.



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. Our whole school art activities contribute to the excitement around this subject with all pupils having a shared purpose and goal.


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. The Art Subject Coordinator and School Leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision in a variety of ways including, developmental drop-ins, book looks and by listening to pupil voice.