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Holy Family Catholic Primary School



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Art and Design


Art at Holy Family

At Holy Family we aim to provide our children with an Art and Design curriculum that allows all of our pupils to shine. Through our curriculum, we provide the opportunity for children to study and learn from a diverse range of great artists, designers and architects and develop their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, textiles and ICT.  Our children will use Art to explore and develop their creativity and individuality and also their understanding of their own and others’ cultures. They will use Art to engage with and explore the world around them. Art has no right or wrong answer; our aim is to ensure children have the Art and Design skills they need to express their creativity and originality. As the National Curriculum states: ‘Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of creativity’. 



Art and design is an integral part of the Early Years ethos at Holy family and through creating a carefully planned and enabling environment, following children's interests and planning engaging activities, we hope to develop critical thinking, creative individuals and a love of art and design. Children are introduced to art through the Specific Area, Expressive Arts and Design, where they will be encouraged to use their imagination, explore their ideas and experiment with different materials. Children are provided with a variety of materials and resources to stimulate their curiosity and develop creatively. Children will explore and research ideas, imitate, experiment and develop their own ideas and creations. Staff will introduce new concepts, skills and vocabulary to help children to talk about their creations and think of ways to improve them.

Key Stage One 

In Years 1 and 2, our children will develop their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, collage and textiles to produce their own creative work. They will be inspired by a variety of artists and begin to talk about and evaluate their own work and the work of others. Our younger children are taught to explore and experiment with art, allowing them to experience different techniques, styles and forms of art work and they will begin to develop their own style.  They will work both indoors and outdoors and on their own and in groups to produce creative products and explore colour, texture, line, form and space. From Year 1, our children will begin working on their sketchbooks in which they will develop their creativity and share their ideas. These sketchbooks will stay with them all the way through to Year 6! Look out for the beautiful cards and decorations our children design and make at Christmas and Easter time too!

Key Stage Two

 Throughout years 3 - 6 our children will refine the skills learnt in Key Stage One. They will use their sketchbooks to practise and experiment with their ideas and they will develop mastery within the different forms of art. They will use materials such as paint, pencils, clay, charcoal and pastels with more confidence and skill and to develop their own work. The children will continue to learn from and study a wide range of artists, designers and architects and they will also begin to make links between Art, history and culture.

To see the full Art and Design National Curriculum click here.

Our Art and Design Long Term Plan is outlined below. Please take a look to see what your child will learn each year at Holy Family.