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At St Augustine’s we understand the need to develop creativity, skills and techniques in art, as well as knowledge and awareness of art and artists.  Art and design are essential components, which allow children to express themselves through inventing their own works of art. As pupils progress through the primary curriculum, they will learn to work reflectively and critically. We believe that following a clear pathway of progression, as the children advance through the primary curriculum, we provide a secure and stepped education in art, giving them a means to express themselves, to reflect on the work of artists and others and to develop their talents and interests in art. The staff at St. Augustine’s make sure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences in art, which allow them to explore different skills, different materials (media) and to develop their evaluative skills. We intend to provide all children, with a broad and balanced art curriculum, regardless of ability or aptitude – art can be accessed by all.


In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.

In key stage 1, pupils use a range of materials, they use drawing or painting to develop their ideas, they develop a wide range of design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space, as well as learning about different artists. In key stage 2, pupils develop their techniques further, especially in terms of their control and use of materials, experimenting with an increasing awareness of different crafts and design. Furthermore, they will use a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint and clay) and learn about great artists, architects and designers in history. Where possible, art is linked to class topics, and embedded across the curriculum.

Art is taught discretely taught in many different contexts throughout different areas of the curriculum. For example, through topic themes, e.g. sculptures of Queen Elizabeth, painting and drawing Coventry skylines, painting seaside landscapes. Moreover, children are given the opportunity to work with an expert Artist, for one half term per year, allowing them to develop skills, explore different media and create unique and special works of art as a class, guided by an experienced art professional.


Pupils will demonstrate new skills in art and design and will be able to utilise different forms of media, allowing them to develop creatively and take part in art in an enjoyable and rewarding way. They will acquire appropriate age related knowledge, linked to the art curriculum, but also skills that they can apply elsewhere, within their everyday lives.

All children will have: Will have a wider variety of skills linked to artistic materials and media, famous artists, natural art and when comparing different pieces of art. Will be able to evaluate their own and others’ pieces of work reflectively, beginning to think more critically as they progress in key stage 2. They will develop a richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate themselves when comparing and contrasting art, as well as in evaluating their own work.

Alongside this, they will adopt and develop high aspirations and ambitions, which will allow them to develop in further study, work and adult life. Children’s work will be displayed in year group sketchbooks.

Click below to view our Arts skills progression: