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St Gregory's Catholic Primary School Part of The Stella Maris Catholic Federation

Art and Design

At St Gregory's, children's work in Art and Design is closely linked to the topics they are studying. We aim to teach Art and Design in an engaging and creative way, which fires children's imagination. 


Our aspiration is to ensure that children are engaged, inspired and challenged through their work in art & design. We believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness and we want all children to be able to enjoy, engage, respond and express themselves fully and confidently in art and design.



Art should enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think.


Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes, enabling them to  develop and secure their skill base and become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.


Children are encouraged to use their skills to create their own independent works of art, craft and design. In order to achieve their best work, the students will have access to a range of good quality resources that will support each topic and enable a confident approach.  


At St Gregory's, we aim to provide the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of art and design by exploring various artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms and their impact on culture and history. 

Subject Content 

Key stage 1 Pupils are taught:  

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination  
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space  
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
  • To begin to use sketch books, to record their work 


Key stage 2 Pupils are taught: 

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.  
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.  

Progression of skills in Art

Famous Artists - 'Artist of the Week'


Each week, our children find out about a different famous artist.


They have opportunities each morning, during our wellbeing sessions at the start of each day, to see and respond to the work of a range of famous artists. Children are encouraged to engage with the art they see, and be inspired to create their own art work in a similar - or contrasting - style.


Have a look at some of the famous artists we have learned about, below...

Making Faces!

Space Art!

Bonfire Night Art!

Sketching Motte and Bailey Castles

Stained Glass Windows