St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

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‘The important thing is to create’ Pablo Picasso

Curriculum intent

At St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to the Arts curriculum. We believe that providing a rich and varied arts context enhances and enriches all children’s learning. 

Art and Design provides unique and enjoyable experiences for children, which enables them to develop skills, knowledge and creativity. They are able to explore and express their feelings and boost their self-esteem, confidence and maturity. 

A high quality Art and Design curriculum 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 and notable artists, designers and craftmakers. 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.

As a school where we all strive to be our best, we believe that all learning should be adapted to the needs of all children (SEN, EAL, more able, disadvantaged) and that the curriculum should be carefully planned to take account of everyone in the class so that we can all ‘Do something beautiful for God, each and every day’.

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  1. Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  2. Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  3. Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  4. Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design curriculum at St Anthony’s catholic primary school is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. Art is embedded into the curriculum which can be evidenced in both Long and Medium term planning for each year group.

Teachers are provided with support from a specialist Art teacher for 2 sessions per academic year.

The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning. The children's learning is further enhanced with an annual Art Exhibition which includes all schools in our Catholic School Partnership (CSP). Here the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

Curriculum Impact 

Children enjoy and appreciate art and design. In each key stage they acquire knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers. They offer opinions on works of art created by others. They are motivated and confident in recreating and investigating artistic styles and techniques that they have seen. They can speak confidently (using technical language) about the skills and processes involved in creating their own works of art.

Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment. 

Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using observations and teacher assessments. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the academic year.

Please click here to see how the progression of vocabulary is planned for in art.

Please click here to see how the progression of skills is planned for in art.

Please click here to see the progression of knowledge in art.

Please click here to see an example Medium term plan example for a unit in Art


Annual Overview






How to use simple Art equipment – paint, paintbrush, chalk, colour pencils

Self portraits - pencil, pen and paint

Introduction to Transient art - Autumn collage

Printing using different fruit and vegetables

Natural collages – link to Andy Goldsworthy 

Playdough hedgehogs 

Diwali lamps – introduction to clay

Vincent Van Gogh Starry night – night time pictures (wax)

Arctic animals - drawn animal with painted background

Northern lights pictures using different tools – coloured pastels

Making puppets – sewing

Continuing a simple pattern - printing 

Mixed media sea creature collage

Van Gogh - sunflowers

Collage materials to make mermaids

Colour mixing – identifying primary and secondary colours

Digital media pictures – purple mash

Mimic print from the environment


Art work is also developed from children’s interests



Yr 1

Holiday painting

Self portraits - sketch and paint

Paul Klee - colour mixing self portraits

Autumn collage - printing

Aliens - design and paint a picture

Planets/sun - painting

Sculpture - Giotto dinosaur models

Printing - gifts for Mother's day

Oil pastel Easter cards

Enchanted wood - painting of a wolf and landscape

Around the world - colour mixing (Brazil art)

Yr 2

Drawing of a dragon

Watercolour self portraits

Fire of London - mixed media pictures

Charcoal picture of Samuel Pepys

Bonfire & fireworks painting

Physical/human features - sketch of a fox, trees

Drawing in the style of James Rizzi - Salt's mill

David Hockney - sketching/painting landscapes

Pointillism Art – beach scene Ladybirds/sea creatures – wax crayon

Oil pastels – under the sea scenes

Grace Darling - sketch of a lighthouse

Yr 3


Stone age landscape with animals - chalk pastel

Cave paintings - oil pastel

Volcanoes - sketching

Volcanoes - sculpture using paper mache and paint

Landscape paintings showing perspective

Egyptian mixed media art


Digital photos - oil and chalk head dress (Egyptians)

Hieroglyphic names




Yr 4

Rivers topic - pencil sketch of a waterfall

Rivers - watercolour painting with mixed media drawing of a Hippo

Pointillism in the style of George Seurat 

Pencil and ink drawing of a fish

Pencil colour drawing of shells

Grandma Moses artist study

Painting in the style of Grandma Moses - landscapes


Artist study – Frida Kahlo & Leonora


Modelling – Glotto sculpture

Yr 5

Vikings topic - pencil sketch and ink drawings of a long boat

Polyblock printing of a long boat

Vikings topic - painting and 3D clay model of a Dragon eye

Space topic - mixed media collage of an astronaut in the style of Peter Thorpe

Star consolation paintings

Landscape Art

Still life sketches

Sewing – mini-beasts


Yr 6

Remembrance art in the style of Jacqueline Hurley - charcoal, sketching and acrylic paint

WWII topic - Propaganda posters

WWII topic - Printing in the style of Henry Moore

Evolution topic - mixed media whale pictures

Mixed media collage

Pencil sketching


Stain glass windows in the style of Lowry

Clay pots - leavers gift 



Example of a Medium Term Plan