Art at St. Peter’s
At St. Peter’s, our aims, vision and values are at the core of everything we do.
We are guided by the key message of our Mission Statement,
'If we follow Jesus, the world will follow us.'
They define our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, capable, resilient and responsible citizens able to enjoy a healthy life to the full.
Our inclusive school community works in partnership in meeting the responsibility of developing each child in every way – spiritually, emotionally, academically, physically and socially because each child, a unique creation of God and loved by God, deserves this.
We deliver the Art curriculum through the unique approach of the St. Peter’s family.
Why is Art and Design important at St. Peter’s?
- Art embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity.
- Art will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.
- Art enables pupils to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
- Children will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
- Children will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and design techniques.
- Children will be able to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art and design.
- Children will know about great artists and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
- Children will produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
What are the key knowledge concepts in Art and Design at St. Peter’s?
Skills and understanding
Selecting appropriate tools and media
What are the key Art and Design subject discipline skills?
- Experimenting, inventing and creating their own works of art and design
- Thinking critically
- Developing a more rigorous understanding of art and design
- Producing creative work
- Exploring ideas and recording their experiences
- Drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and design techniques
- Understanding how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation
- Evaluating and analysing creative works using the language of art and design
- Knowing about great artists and designers and understanding the historical and cultural development of their art forms
How does St. Peter’s ensure progression in our key knowledge and concepts in Art and Design?
- Our curriculum identifies points where comparisons can be made.
- Key concepts are revisited each year to consolidate pupils’ understanding.
- Knowledge that is taught builds on prior learning.
- Increasing complexity of language and precision is expected.
- Children are able to compare different artists and designers that have been studied.
- Children develop their understanding and use of art and design terminology.
- Children will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
How do we know our children have made progress?
FS children can:
- Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.
- Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.
- Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
KS1 children can:
- Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
- Use drawing and painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
- Develop a wide range of art and design techniques, in colour, patterns, texture, line, shape, form and space.
- Talk about the work of a range of artists and designers.
- Describe the differences and similarities between different practises and disciplines, and make links to their own work.
Year 6 children can:
- Create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
- Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
- Talk knowledgeably about great artists, architects and designers in history.
In Art lessons, as in all aspects of the curriculum, children are true to their faith.
This can be summarised through one line taken from our Mission Statement:
‘We are happy when we do our best in our work and play’.