St Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School


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Art & Design



Art contributes to the school curriculum at St Martin & St Mary’s by integrating seeing, feeling, thinking and making in a powerful form of learning. Art educates visual and tactile senses and imagination.

It involves working with different materials, processes and technologies for a range of purposes and develops practical, investigative, creative, and intellectual skills. It promotes the ability to pose and solve complex problems and a willingness to take risks.

Pupils acquire knowledge and understanding of the significant contribution of artists, makers and designers from the past and in the contemporary world. Learning depends upon developing enquiry skills, which enable them to engage confidently with all forms of visual arts. Because of these skills pupils can take an active interest in the natural and built environment and in the visual arts. They are able to evaluate the impact and meaning of works of art, craft and design and appreciate their role and value in public, cultural and working life.




We believe Art and Design Education is entitlement for all pupils and plays an important part in each child's development. Our aims in teaching Art and Design are to offer opportunities to:

  • Stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
  • Find a sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in artistic expression
  • Develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings
  • Develop an appropriate vocabulary to help them understand and discuss their own work and that of others
  • Appreciate and value pupil’s individual response in its own right
  • Help children to learn how to make thoughtful judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions and become actively involved in shaping the environment.
  • Encourage natural abilities
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in using drawing, painting, sculpture and other creative expressions
  • Evaluate and analyse artistic works using the language of art, craft and design
  • For children to know about the great artists, craftsmen and designers, and understand the historical development of their art forms.


Curriculum Organisation


The National Curriculum for Art and Design will be developed through the St Martin & St Mary’s cross curricular approach to the curriculum. This provides pupils the opportunity for relevant and engaging art activities to take place throughout the school.

There is a statutory requirement to teach the programme of study at Key Stages 1 and 2. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


Key Stage 1


Pupils should be taught creativity in art, craft and design by:

  • using a range of materials to design and make products
  • using drawing, painting and sculpture to share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • developing techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space using clay and printing to a large scale and in 3D
  • being taught about the work of a range of artists, craftsmen and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Key Stage 2


Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas, and collect visual material to help them to develop their ideas
  • to improve their mastery of techniques, such as drawing, painting and sculpture with materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • about the greatest artists, architects and designers in history.


Design & Technology


St Martin & St Mary’s school follows the National Curriculum for Design and Technology. It is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, which encourages the children’s creativity and imagination. Using both cross-curricular links and stand-alone activities, the children design and make products that solve real and relevant problems in a range of contexts. These opportunities help the children to consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

In Design and Technology tasks, the children acquire specific technical knowledge and also draw on knowledge and skills from mathematics, science, computing and art. The children are encouraged to evaluate past and present design and technology of their own and others making, so they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Through this kind of learning our children will be well-placed to make good contributions to the creativity, culture and well-being of the world and industry in the years ahead.


There are four key aims - to ensure that all pupils:


  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasing technological world.
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.