St Bartholomew's CE Primary

Considerate, Co-operative, Confident

Art and Design Curriculum Page

Our School Vision: Our goal is to produce members of society who are Considerate to everyone they meet, who have a Co-operative approach to life and who are Confident in each other and in themselves to strive for the very best that they can be.

We aim to achieve this by using Christian values as our guide and helping them to grow within a caring and inclusive community

How Art and Design fits into the vision:

The purpose of our Art curriculum is to create opportunities for pupils to explore many different aspects of making, helping pupils and teachers understand the ways art connects us with our past, helps us embrace the present, and empowers us to shape our future. By exploring why art is relevant to all our lives, we aim to make certain that pupils feel entitled to develop their creativity, and understand their place in the world as creative, confident beings.

Our Art and Design Subject Leader:

Hello, my name is Miss Kitchin, I lead Art and Design and am passionate about developing artistic skills in young people. I want our children to develop a sense of individual creativity and self-expression, whilst developing their spiritual, social, moral and cultural understanding. 

Our Art and Design Curriculum: 

From September we have been using AccessArt, which provides a broad, rich, contemporary and diverse curriculum and reflects a clear progression of skills. Our curriculum balances declarative knowledge with experiential knowledge, building self-knowledge and nurturing traits in learners which will hold them in good stead whichever direction their learning takes them.

Our Art and Design Intent: 

It’s our intent that by the time every child leaves St. Bartholomew's Primary School they can feel as if they have found an area of the visual arts that is relevant and engaging to them, that might be through drawing, making, designing, or talking about art. We value the process of Art and Design as much as the outcome and we endevour to instil this appreciation in our children and to help develop their confidence and curiousity.

To achieve this it’s important that we create as many different kinds of opportunities as possible so that each child can find the thing which strikes a chord with them. That means covering lots of different disciplines, techniques, materials and approaches. It can be complicated knowing what to fit in and what to leave out, and how to order elements, but we’re confident that by following the Access Art Curriculum we provide a balanced yet rich offering, with a progression of knowledge and skills woven throughout.

In practice, that might mean one day a child is practicing observational drawing skills, another day they are working from their imagination making larger-scale images, and another day they are discussing as a class how the context in which art is presented can change its meaning. The richness and relevance of experience makes learning memorable and impactful.

Art and Design Skills: Click below to see the Art and Design skills expected for each key stage

KS1      LKS2     UKS2


Art and Design Knowledge Organisers: 

Click here to see our Knowledge Organisers for each of the Art and Design units taught within year groups

Progression of Knowledge & Skills in Art and Design: 

Click here to see the Art and Design skills expected for each year group

Vocabulary Progression: 

Click here to see our Art and Design Vocabulary Progression document

Art Day 2024

All around the Primary School the children and staff were taking part in lots of different activities and created some beautiful artworks, inspired by modern and historic artists, that are now on display in our school corridors and the local leisure centre.

The children were experimenting with a broad range of mediums and techniques. 

Everybody had a great day!

Year 5 have been creating their own typography to create words, experimenting with size and different mark making techniques. 

Year 6 have been creating personalised Elastic Band Sketchbooks so they can fill them with colours that appeal to them. 

Year 2 are using paint to explore texture and pattern.

They will use these skills to create a collage by arranging materials for effect.

Year 6 are analysing how art can explore the concept of self.

They are cutting out shapes that sybolise something about themselves and will use these to create a sculpture in future lessons.