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Clophill St Marys CofE lower school

Art and Design


By developing specific art skills and by using art and design to support learning across other subjects, our children will gain an understanding of a variety of art forms.  They will continuously improve their drawing, painting and sculpting as well as developing a range of progressively demanding art and design techniques as they move through the school.  Children will observe the world around them, including their own culture and the wider world as well as studying the work of creatives in history.  While learning art and design, they also develop confidence, creativity, curiosity, motor skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, collaboration and reflective learning.  


Mrs. Paine is our Art & Design Co-ordinator.   

At St. Mary's, Art and Design is taught through "Expressive Arts and Design"  within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Acorn and Chestnut (Nursery and Reception):

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

We teach the Art and Design National Curriculum in Birch to Oak (Years 1 to 4):

Art and Design Programmes of Study Key Stages 1 and 2

From Year R to Year 4 (Chestnut to Oak) we use the Kapow curriculum scheme for teaching Art and Design.  Early Years also includes a number of seasonal crafts/projects and continuous provision in their learning. 

The following table shows which Art and Design topics are taught throughout the school:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term





Seasonal crafts

Seasonal crafts

Seasonal crafts





Drawing: Marvellous Marks

Seasonal crafts

Painting: Paint my world

Seasonal crafts

Sculpture and 3D: Creation station

Seasonal crafts


Year 1

Drawing: Make your mark


Sculpture and 3D: Paper Play 


Paintin and mixed media:

Colour splash


Year 2

Drawing: Tell a story  Painting and mixed media: Lift in colour

Sculpture and 3D: Clay houses 


Year 3

Drawing: Growing artists


Craft and Design: Ancient Egyptian Scrolls


Painting and mixed media: Prehistoric painting


Year 4

Drawing: Power prints Craft and Design: Fabric of Nature


Sculpture and 3D: Mega materials 

Through our Art and Design topics, we aim to support children's knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

  • Exploring and developing ideas
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Collage
  • Textiles
  • Printing
  • The work of other Artists


All children are assessed in Art and Design by their teachers, on a termly basis.  Mrs. Paine then analyses the attainment and progress of the whole school in this area.  This information informs future teaching and learning in Art and Design.