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St Laurence Church of England Primary School

Learning with love and laughter

A member of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust

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Art and Design

Art and Design

at St Laurence Church of England Primary School.


Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education 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. 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.



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

§  produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

§  become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

§  evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

§  know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


St Laurence curriculum intent.


The following aims are at the heart of our art planning:


Develop behaviours and self-belief to become confident lifelong learners:

the behaviours learners need to succeed in the world especially resilience, independence, risk-taking, concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity.


Develop our moral compass: Where we fit in the world;

understand our responsibilities to our communities and planet, value spirituality in others and ourselves, develop respect and social skills, and engage in the culture we live in and understand the cultures of others.


Develop and build on knowledge and skills:

engaging and inspiring opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge, as well as build on and practise existing understanding of prior learning.


Develop communication skills in our children:

give children the confidence to speak effectively in a variety of different situations, express their opinions, make confident decisions. 






In order for the children to become increasingly proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and craft and design, we have mapped out the focus skills across our two year cycle of work.  Skills are also practised in other terms so that children have the opportunity to apply the taught concepts. 

Progression in skills has been identified using our ‘skills’ document which highlights age related expectations in each skill. 



Breadth of study

In our art curriculum we have mapped out key artists for each key stage:


Key Stage One: Kandinsky, Monet, Van Gogh  and Paul Klee


Lower Key Stage Two: Joseph Wright (local), Leonardo da Vinci and David Hockney


Upper Key Stage Two: Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso  and William Turner. 


Each topic is also supplemented with a wide variety of supplementary art pieces, including sculptures, architects and photographers.  These pieces / reference to artist both support the teaching of art and / or the teaching of the topic content. 


As children progress through our art curriculum they are able to make comparisons between art and artist and build upon the knowledge and skills taught in the previous key stage.