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Art and Design


At St Peter’s and Clifton Primary School we intend to instil the “St Peter’s and Clifton School Spirit”  in all of our children. Through the teaching of Art we encourage them, in particular, to have perseverance, serve our school community and the wider community including appreciating local artists, to be inquisitive and to inspire and to be inspired in their learning.


“In all the work you are given, do the best you can do.”


We believe that art is a vital and integral part of children’s education. We have designed a curriculum for art with the intent that, right from Nursey, our children will develop a sense of creativity, self- expression, confidence and high attainment.

We will deliver a curriculum that:

  • Provides children with opportunities to develop a range ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity
  • Enables children to learn about and make links with a wide spectrum of different types of art in our society
  • Contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection
  • Enables children to develop a natural sense of wonder about the world around them
  • Focuses on developing proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour and shade and sculpture with the aim of developing a thorough understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design
  • Develops children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and other cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists throughout history including contemporary artists
  • Develops their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequences of lessons and experiences
  • Develops the children’s understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) and provides an engaging curriculum which enables all children to reach their potential.



The art and design curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum as well as other experience and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school.

The teaching, learning and sequencing of the skills based curriculum will be implemented as follows:

  • Children will follow a programme of progressive skills in art and design (see skills progression document) which will take place in art and design lessons as well as a means of communication in other curriculum areas
  • Wherever possible first hand experiences and real things will be used to stimulate art and design activities. Teaching is done in whole class groups, which may then be followed by small group or individual work.
  • New techniques and skills are modelled and examples of work are shown to the children
  • In group and individual work, children have the opportunity to explore and develop ideas and techniques. They are also involved in evaluating their own work, celebrating success and identifying areas for improvement
  • Differentiated art activities will ensure that all children can access the curriculum at an appropriate level.  Pupils with particular talents are given opportunities to extend them.
  • We will enable children to have access to contemporary artists as well as more traditional ones. Children will also have opportunities to learn about local artists.
  • Opportunities for cross curricular learning and development in art and design will be included in planning as a means of enhancing the children’s learning opportunities, such as visits to museums, galleries or visitors to school
  • In Early Years there is continuous provision of art and design opportunities: these activities make important contributions to children’s development in the areas of Expressive Arts and Design and Communication and Language. They are also important in children’s Personal, Social and Emotional development. Art is covered in art lessons, continuous provision and as a means of communication and learning in other curriculum areas.



Through the implementation of the above our children will be able to:

  • Experience a broad, balanced arts curriculum, with an emphasis on the development of skills and understanding in art and design
  • Experience art and design through other areas of the curriculum
  • Experience a wide range of opportunities to express themselves creatively
  • Develop their skills and interests in school and the wider community
  • Develop a critical awareness of the emotional impact art and design has on themselves and on an audience.
Our topic of nature, weather and the seasons in KS1 has led to us creating a fabulous work of art! We are so proud of our tree that we created using finger paints to represent the 4 seasons. 
This art work links to our geography topic of seasons. In English we are reading the book "Tree-seasons come, seasons go" and in Science we are becoming nature detectives. 

Y1 - Andy Goldworthy

Y1 enjoyed a lovely walk around our Andy Goldsworthy art gallery. We talked about what we liked in his sculptures and what we could see he made them from.


Y5 - Banksy

Year 5 have been looking at the artist Banksy and we have been using his stencil idea to create artwork.


Y1 - Colour mixing

We have been colour mixing primary colours to make secondary colours.


Y2 Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Y4 - Clay sculptures of body and face

Upper Foundation Stage - Gruffalo Day

Foundation Stage all took part in a felting workshop with artist Christine Burdin,  as part of their work about The Gruffalo. The children had a lot of fun working together to create their very own class Gruffalo.


Y1 - Painting a tree in different seasons

We had so much fun on our Art day learning about Andy Goldsworthy. We found out that he makes sculptures from natural materials and we looked at some of his art work in our 'Art Gallery'. We talked about what we liked and recorded our ideas in our sketchbooks. Then we went outdoors and made our own Andy Goldsworthy inspired art. We had such a great time!



We have been inspired by Katsushika Hokusai's 'The Great Wave'  and have practised skills with shading and line marking with pencils and blending with pastels and with watercolours. We then created our own Great Wave piece of art.


Y1 - Line & Shade

Y1 have looked at "The great Wave" by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. They looked at line and shade. They took their pencil for a walk and practiced drawing different lines to fill in the spaces.

Y1 - Castles

Y1 have make collage pictures based on Paul Klee's "Castles and Sun" artwork.