Christ Church C of E Primary School

  1. Our Learning
  2. Art


Our art curriculum is based around our core values:  Successful Happy Included Nurtured Enriched and follows the National Curriculum guidance for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


Through our art and design curriculum, we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils; equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create works of art, craft and design. Pupils are given the opportunity to create their own imaginative pieces and large scale products with their peers. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and consider how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


We aim for every child to develop:

  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.


In Focus Provision children will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in activities to develop skills linked to personal targets.
  • Use art to support the children’s PSHE skills, providing them with opportunities to express themselves and produce pieces of work that are unique to them. (Develop life skills).
  • Fully immerse themselves into all aspects of the curriculum in an engaging, motivating way which is purposeful to the learners.
  • Engage in sensory based art and media opportunities to enable the children to develop awareness of their senses.
  • Engage in calming sensory based art and art lessons which provides the children with opportunities to self regulate.
  • Explore and develop their mark making skills.
  • Develop their communication skills through art.
  • Develop their skills using a variety of materials and tools.


In EYFS children will have the opportunity to:

  • Use their imagination and creativity.
  • Use art to show self-expression.
  • Communicate through arts.


In Key Stage 1 children will have the opportunity to:

  • Use experiences and ideas as the inspiration for artwork.
  • Share ideas using drawing, painting, textiles and sculpture.
  • Explore a variety of techniques.
  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, artisans and designers such as Van Gough, Paul Klee and Picasso.


In Key Stage 2 children will have the opportunity to:

  • Use experiences, other curriculum subjects and their own ideas as inspiration for artwork.
  • Develop and share ideas and finished products using drawing, painting, textiles and sculpture.
  • Improve mastery of techniques.
  • Learn about the great artists, architects and designers in history such as Henri Rousseau and Salvador Dali.