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Art & Design

Every human is an artist

Don Miguel Ruiz


At Christ Church Primary School, we value Art and Design as an integral and powerful part of our school curriculum. As a school, we believe that art helps to inspire creativity, ignite imagination and develop sensitivity. We also recognise the vital role it plays in helping to stimulate our children’s joy of learning as well as helping them to express their individual feelings and emotions and respond to the world around them.


As a school, we strive to deliver Art and Design through a rich and diverse range of experiences and opportunities in order to help our children become expressive, creative and inventive. Throughout their time at Christ Church, our children are encouraged to experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Furthermore, we seek to help our children make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, therefore, becoming actively involved in shaping their environments. We also recognise the importance of art and design in helping children to explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers and learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.


At Christ Church, Art and Design is taught explicitly, through focused studies of artists and art techniques, as well as often making strong links with each term's enquiry focus.  


As a school family, we understand the power Art and Design has to enrich our personal and public lives.  For this reason, we enhance our school work with visits to museums, art galleries and exhibitions. We also encourage the children to work collaboratively on art projects, which are shown proudly around our school. Indeed, as a school, we believe that every child should be given the opportunity to be an imaginative, creative and inspired artist.

Earth without 'ART' is just 'Eh'

Art & Design in the National Curriculum


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • 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.


Through having the experience of working with a variety of media, both 2D and 3D, we help our children to develop their creative and critical skills.

Our children work in a stimulating environment with vibrant, colourful displays in every classroom covering all aspects of the curriculum. Each child from Year 1 to Year 6 has their own art sketch books which celebrates each child's artistic journey, 

Art and Design National Curriculum Document

Whole School Art and Design Long Term Plan - whilst the skills remain set, the projects may be subject to change.

Reception have been exploring colour mixing, sketching faces, creating autumn 🍂 pictures using natural resources and have studied the work of Yakoi Kusama and have gone “ dotty” with pumpkins.

Year 2 Drawing Skills - sketching scenes from the Great Fire of London

Year 2 Polar landscapes with watercolours based on the work of Edward Wilson

Year 3 have been practising their collage techniques in sketchbooks and have produced a fabulous collaborative collage based on their Stone Age Enquiry.

Year 4 - 3D sculpture - Ancient Egyptian Modroc masks

Year 6 enjoyed designing and creating their own rainforest-themed clay tiles this term (Autumn 1). The finished pieces will be proudly displayed in school!