Art and Design

‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, art is knowing which ones to keep.’
Scott Adams

‘An artist cannot fail, it is a success to be one.’
Charles Cooley

‘Creativity takes courage.’
Henry Matisse


St Francis of Assisi Church of England Primary School understands that high quality Art lessons will inspire children to develop individual creativity.  Art lessons should engage, challenge and invigorate children’s knowledge and skills and enable them to experiment with their own ideas to develop creative procedural understanding. The Art curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children access all the statutory outcomes of the Art and Design National Curriculum.  In our school we enhance children’s learning opportunities in three core art forms; drawing, painting and sculpture as well as developing knowledge and skills for other forms of art.

Art is a practical and engaging way of establishing individual pride and confidence. Art in our school is about developing children’s ability to explore, reflect on ideas and experiment with their skills. Our Art curriculum is rich in knowledge and provides our learners with the components they need for subsequent learning. At their time throughout St Francis of Assisi Church of England Primary School, we endeavour for our children to have knowledge about contemporary, local and specialist artists, designers and craftspeople and to build an understanding of pride and purpose within their own creations.

Our children will enjoy learning the involvement of Art in our past and our future. From renaissance art to fictional illustrations, art offers a form of communicating a message, an ideology or a story. In exploring a variety of forms of art, children will be able to discuss, interpret and create their own pieces of artwork to communicate their ideas. In studying portraits, children will adopt a sense of identity reflecting on the greatness of the complexities of the human face. Working in partnerships to experiment with materials and media offers opportunities for discussions, debates and agreements of what works or looks the most effective. Providing feedback to peers will allow children to develop resilience and self-belief, highlighting positives and alternatives to have a greater impact on the depiction of their work.

Art in our school should:-

  • challenge our thinking
  • help us to find out about human creativity
  • help us to realise our individual creative skills, imagination and inspire our futures
  • help us to develop confidence in ourselves and reflect on our own ideas.
  • give us knowledge of creativity that shapes cultures around the world
  • be a working progress that continually develops

Please click here for a copy of our table showing the EYFS and National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2 for Art and Design.

The school has a clear progression document for pupils throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 which is incorporated into our Art and Design Policy.


Please click here for a copy of our long term overview. Further details about the implementation can be found by contacting Mrs Hughes (our Art Lead) as well as looking in our policy document.