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St. Paul's C of E VA

Primary and Nursery School

Walk on Water


Art and Design



At St Paul’s we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We take a holistic approach to art, believing that art is an essential way for us to respond to our world.  Art and Design can enhance their life experiences by allowing children to explore their individuality and their identity within society. So we provide the children with the opportunities express their interests, creativity and ideas whilst developing their skills as artists.


At St Paul’s we’re committed to providing a high-quality art and design education that nurtures creativity in children in an engaging, inspiring and challenging way. Our goal is to equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design expressing their emotions and ideas. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop an appreciation of famous works of art. By learning about art and culture, and engaging in art activity, they will grow in the values that prepare them to become compassionate global citizens.  By the time they leave St Pauls, they will know how art and design reflect our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.




In order to develop their skills as artists, learners will:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Grow in confidence to express themselves through visual means
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works of great artists using specialist vocabulary.
  •  Empathise with different viewpoints, traditions and cultures, and begin to understand the viewpoint of the diversity of cultures in which they exist.



The life of an artist at St. Paul’s School:



  • Weekly ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ sessions throughout their topic-based learning.



  • Develop proficiency in using a range of materials creatively to facilitate deeper learning experiences
  • Use drawing, painting, printing and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Explore the work of a range of artists describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.  
  • Demonstrate their learning through proof of progress (POP) tasks



  • Develop techniques, including their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art and design.
  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting, printing and sculpture with a range of materials
  • Research great artists, architects and designers in history.




By the time the children at St. Paul’s leave our school, they will have developed:

· A passion for being creative and using their imagination to express themselves.
· Efficiency in a variety of modes of expression

· The confidence to articulately reflect, review and evaluate their work and that of others.

· A desire to embrace expressive art as a way to reflect, comment on and visually respond to emotive issues.