At St Joseph’s we intend for our children to explore their creative abilities as a vital part of our curriculum. It is a practical subject which stimulates creativity, imagination and challenge through the teaching of different skillsets and the use of a wide range of materials.

With the aim of allowing children the freedom to explore their personal interests they will become budding creators in alignment with the National Curriculum:

  • 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.


At St Joseph’s our Art teaching will be the intersection of many subjects. From Science to History and Maths our Art curriculum will extend children’s learning through application of wider subject learnings into hands-on, inventive outcomes. Art implementation will include access to a variety of materials and mediums. Children are taught skills explicitly, in line with our school progression document, and are provided opportunities to apply these skills to final outcomes.

All year groups are provided opportunities to explore and develop skills in the key processes of art, including: painting, drawing, printing, textiles and sculpture. This is also supported through in-depth studies of key artists and their works. Children and their class teachers provide each other with regular feedback and next steps which enable them to annotate and improve their work. The journey children take is evidenced in their sketchbooks and any additional, larger work is photographed and shared.


The structure of the art curriculum ensures that children are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from a range of times and cultures and apply this knowledge to their own work. The consistent use of children’s sketchbooks means that children are able to review, modify and develop their initial ideas in order to achieve high quality outcomes. Children learn to understand and apply the key principles of art: line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion and perspective. The opportunity for children to refine and develop their techniques over time is supported by effective lesson sequencing and progression between year groups.

School displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The Art curriculum at St Joseph’s contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.

Art Long Term Plan

Art Knowledge and Skills Progression