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St Giles Church of England Primary School

Art and Design

Art and Design at St Giles


At St Giles we have shaped our art curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques using a range of tools and materials
  • 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.


We aim for a quality art curriculum, which provides the children with engaging opportunities to develop and extend skills and knowledge with an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. We aspire to create confident, reflective individuals where emphasis is less on the outcome, but more focused on the learning journey. Experimentation, risk and innovation are to be encouraged. We aim to:

  • Have high expectations of what our pupils can achieve in art and believe that, allowing children the independence to choose and explore will allow the acquisition of skills and knowledge.
  • Teach a varied and balanced art and design curriculum, which enables the progression of skills and extends knowledge and vocabulary each year.
  • Create confident, independent artists who can articulate and value their own creative journeys.
  • Teach a curriculum, which is ambitious and designed to give all pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils, and including pupils with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
  • Adapt learning to make it as accessible as possible for SEND pupils.
  • Develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists.
  • To inspire children by studying local artists to make learning relatable and foster positive aspirations in creative arts.


In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Art, we are implementing a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.

  • A wide variety of quality resources, tools and materials provided for children to explore and support children’s confidence in the use of different media.
  • Staff follow the knowledge and skills progression document and whole school overview to plan for the year. Furthermore, take into account the wide variety of abilities; creating equity for each pupil they teach and refer to Inclusion Strategies document for guidance.
  • Staff ensure that the key knowledge, vocabulary and artists, craft makers and designers studied receive the appropriate coverage across each area of art.
  • Educational visits and outside visitors planned where possible.
  • Frequent opportunities across the curriculum planned to practise and refine techniques as well as make links to support and further their understanding of Art.
  • Co-ordinated whole school project work ensures that Art is given a high status in the curriculum and acts to support the Christian values of our school promoting mutual respect.


Through a carefully planned progression of art skills and knowledge, children at St Giles will have gained a wider knowledge of art throughout the world as well as locally. They will also have developed the ability to be review their own work and others and be able to reason and justify why art means something to them. Further adding to their individuality and their sense of pride in their abilities. To demonstrate the learning of art at St Giles, we will do the following:

  • Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum.
  • By analysing work in children’s sketch books and matching this to the key knowledge and skills that they need to remember at each stage of their learning, based on planning overviews.
  • The school environment and local community also celebrate and give a purpose to the children’s artwork in a variety of different ways, such as church festivals, gallery displays and remembrance events etc. Whilst whole school art displays create a sense of belonging and advocate the Christian values we promote.
  • The Art curriculum at St Giles Primary contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.
  • Assessed reflection of standards achieved against the planned outcomes.


We want children to become engaged, inspired and challenged by a rigorous art curriculum that develops skills to become creative and expressive through art. Therefore, encouraging them to draw upon transferrable skills in the future.