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Art at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School


At St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, we aim to provide a high quality Art Curriculum to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. It is our vision that Art provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills whilst expressing their individual interests, thought and ideas. At St Paul’s we follow Kapow’s Primary Art and Design scheme of work to inspire our pupils to develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Every pupil will have the opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond.

The Art and design scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and has been written to fully cover the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.        



Art at St Paul’s is taught on a half termly basis. The teaching and implementation of our Art Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is linked to a wide range of topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. The Kapow Art scheme of work is designed with four strands that run throughout. These are:

  • Making skills
  • Formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
  • Knowledge of artists
  • Evaluating

In our ‘Art and Design skills’ and our ‘Formal elements of art’ units, pupils have the opportunity to learn and practise skills discretely. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. Key skills are revisited again and again and then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.

Our curriculum overview shows which of our units cover each of the National curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands.

Our progression of skills shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.

Our Art and design curriculum develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through the Every picture tells a story units and links to artists through practical work. Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into the Kapow units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with Key Stage 2 pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.

The evidence of their work is collected within the art sketch book, either via sketch or photographic evidence which follows the children through the school, so development can be seen by both the child and teacher.

Pupil videos created by subject specialists help pupils to see art techniques modelled by experts, to ensure the delivery of Art in your school is of the highest quality. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD. This is to ensure that staff feel supported to deliver lessons of a high standard that ensure pupil progression.



Our Art curriculum is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression year on year, giving pupils the skills, knowledge and vocabulary that they need to move forward in their learning, alongside opportunities to apply their knowledge to different situations. Each Art lesson has a clear objective and set learning targets for pupils in terms of a skills acquisition. We recognise and encourage that children may go beyond or outside of our set learning intentions, and creativity is at the forefront of our teaching. Lessons are adapted to ensure all children are challenged, included and engaged. We ensure that when assessing pupils, evidence is drawn from a wide range of sources to inform the process, including: interaction with pupils during discussions and related questioning; day-to-day observations; the pupils’ artwork and sketchbooks; and pupils’ written responses and evaluations.

By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve.

The impact of the scheme can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives and each unit has a unit quiz and knowledge catcher which can be used at the start and/ or end of the unit.

After the implementation of the Art and design scheme, pupils should leave primary school equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art and design learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.

The expected impact of following the Art and design scheme of work is that children will:

✔ Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.

✔ Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

✔ Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.

✔ Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.

✔ Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Art and design.


Knowledge Organisers

Here at St Pauls we create knowledge organisers for each topic every half term.  These are shared with the chidren and their families.  Here are a few examples of knowledge organisers across the school for Art. You will find more knowledge organisers on the class pages. 

Progression of Knowledge & Skills

Progression of Vocabulary

WOW Moments Calendar

Here at St Paul's we try to provide the children with lots of WOW moments. These are extra experiences that aren't just part of the curriculum. Here is our calendar for Art.

Lieutenancy of Hertfordshire Platinum Jubilee Art Competition

Useful Art Websites

The Artful Parent


You can access over 500 arts and crafts activities, including painting, sculptures and printmaking. This site gives you ideas of what Art supplies to provide for you child in order to create and make different things.

Art for Kids hub


You can watch step by step videos on how to draw different things, origami for children, how to paint, holiday and celebratory art projects and projects related to the Seasons. It also gives you a list of the resources you will need before completing each art project.

Land Art for Kids


A website which gives you ideas on how to collect natural resources to produce different forms of Art.

Tate Kids-The Best Art Website for Kids


Kids can follow instructions to make different things, play art games and quizzes and explore and read about the work of well-known artists.

BBC Bitesize Art and Design


You can watch class clips on famous artists, techniques and how to create different things.

Year 6 - Frank Bowling


Curriculum Enrichment - Mindful Me - May 2022

Art and PSHE joined forces to bring 'Mindful Me' into the classrooms of St Pauls. The idea was to talk about feelings and represent those feeling through art. Each class decided how this was going to look and decided whether it was an individual piece or group task; whether music can change those feelings; how they would present it and which art materials they would use. It was a successful day with all the children talking about good feelings and bad feelings and who to go to for help if needed. 

In Year 2 - The children created a pond of emotions and feelings represented in colour. Below are a few examples of the fabulous work done that day - well done to all the children for taking part!

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