Art at St Laurence's

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Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination through visual, tactile and sensory experiences. At St Laurence's we provide unique ways of freely expressing and responding to the world in ways children could not access in other areas of the curriculum. Art enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think, using colour, form texture pattern and different materials and processes. Children within our school learn to make aesthetic judgements and to become involved in shaping environments.


End of Key Stage One Expectations

  • 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
  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines making links to their own work.
  • To develop knowledge of art from different cultures, using a variety of learnt techniques.


End of Key Stage Two Expectation 

  • 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 (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • About great artisits, architects and designers in history
  • To embed knowledge of art from different cultures, using a variety of learnt  techniques.


Art Aims at St Laurence's 

  • Develop a visual awareness.
  • Develop the capacity to express observations and feelings, fostering their creativity.
  • To develop their knowledge and understanding to select materials and techniques to communicate ideas and meaning in their work.
  • To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and develop an awareness of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from their own and other cultures.
  • Understand the visual elements of colour, texture, line, tone, form, pattern and shape, in order to effectively express themselves artistically.
  • Know about the work of famous and local artists, designers, craft-makers and architects.
  • Develop progressive skills for working in two or three dimensions, using art, craft and digital media.
  • Learn to analyse and refine their work and the work of others to reflect their own view of its purpose and intentions.
  • To acquire a powerful and enriching bank of vocabulary.
  • To promote the act of investigating and making, including exploring and developing ideas.




At St Laurence’s Primary, we believe that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative procedural understanding. Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.


Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. In Art, children are expected to be reflective, evaluate and share their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related and progressive vocabulary and written reflection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.




Our Art curriculum provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work that will show progression of skills and vocabulary across all key stages within the strands of art. The children are given an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration. 


Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media and manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension. Because the children will have access to key knowledge, enriched vocabulary and meanings, they will be able to apply this to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum.


There will be, where applicable, links to develop the children’s learning experiences, which could take the form of whole school workshops or be linked to a wider cross curricular project. Each year the children are given opportunities to experience different cultures through art. Teaching should plan for a final piece of artwork to be produced/displayed and shared at the end of each topic.



Our Art curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:  

·       Monitored by the Subject Lead throughout the year in many forms.  E.g. Book scrutiny, pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding, lesson observations etc. 

·       Teachers assessing the learning of each term against the planned outcomes and skills for their specific Art topics. 

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