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St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Art and Design


Welcome to Art and Design at St. Teresa's!


Our Aims:

At St. Teresa’s, we aim to provide a high quality Art and Design curriculum that will inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. We want to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history.


At St. Teresa’s, our children experience the fundamentals of art through a broad and balanced Art and Design curriculum, including exploration of the work of a wide range of artists and makers.   Our units guide pupils in the skills required to explore, analyse and discuss art.  They are encouraged to combine their knowledge of what constitutes ‘art’, specific artists and techniques with their own experiences to evaluate artworks and to inform their own creative practices.  We carefully adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of our SEND learners to make our art lessons accessible to all. 


At St Teresa’s, we are committed to our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities and experiences of later life; laying the foundations so that they become life-long learners.



At St. Teresa’s the children following the EYFS curriculum have rich, exploratory experiences through high quality continuous provision.  The children have access to painting areas, both tabletop and easel, along with a wide range of other media.  They have lots of opportunities to manipulate materials, select their own tools and become familiar with experimenting with art.  The children take part in carefully planned adult led art activities that help the children to learn new skills and further their artistic knowledge, which can then be applied to their own schemas.


KS1 and KS2

In KS1 and KS2 each area of art (drawing, painting and mixed media, sculpture and 3D and craft and design) is covered every year so the children are taught 4 units of Art and Design per year.  Each unit is approximately 5 weeks long. 


For our children in KS1 and KS2 we have adopted the use of an excellent scheme of work, which has been written by experts, called KAPOW.  The units are designed with five strands that run throughout. These are:

 • Generating ideas

 • Using sketchbooks

 • Makings skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)

 • Knowledge of artists

 • Evaluating and analysing


Please read the curriculum overview for more details of the curriculum intent, implementation and impact.


The year 2022/23 is cycle A.