Art and Design Curriculum at St Peter’s

Engaging in the Art & Design curriculum, children are inspired, finding the joy in being creative. They are provided with challenge to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art & design.  Children will be given a rich, diverse experience and will develop their enthusiasm, creativity and imagination by using all their senses to explore materials and processes, giving them a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. They will explore the work of artists, craftspeople and designers of different times and cultures, learning how art & design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

We believe that an art & design curriculum which inspires and develops ‘active’ learners, is the entitlement of all children. Our aims in teaching art & design include the following:

  • Develop children’s imagination and creative expression
  • Children produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • They become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • Become respectful and tolerant of different cultures and beliefs through appreciating and understanding the contribution made by artists, craft makers and designers.
  • Help children learn how to make thoughtful judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions and become actively involved in shaping environments.
  • Be independent, self-confident, attentive and active learners

EYFS-Key Stage 1 Art and Design

Art Overview


Our Art Curriculum in EYFS endeavours to enable children to look and through looking develop and nurture curiosity which, in turn, builds knowledge and helps our children to make sense of the world. 

Looking provides our children with an opportunity for active exploration. Empowered by close looking, they build confidence in their ability to make creative responses, developing dexterity skills along the way.

Using the areas of 

What Can We See?

How Can We Explore Colour?

How Can We Build Worlds?

How Can We Explore Materials & Marks?

How Can We Explore 3d Materials?

How Can We Use Our Bodies To Make Art?

How Can We Use Our Imaginations? 

we provide activities which enable an open-ended, playful exploration of materials, processes and ideas, nurture dexterity skills, promote an early understanding of visual literacy skills, and begin to build the child’s confidence in their ability to make a personal, creative response to a stimuli.




In Year 1 our children build an understanding about the way they can make marks on a drawing surface. They explore how the way they hold a drawing tool, and move their bodies, will affect the drawings they make.

The children explore the world about them as a way to begin to understand the concept of “print” and use their own bodies, then things they collect around them, to create a variety of prints. They use their hands and feet to make prints, and they take rubbings of textures from the environment around them.  They make “plates” by making impressions in plasticine, and then by using printing foam. 

They explore how they can build up images by creating multiples, and use line, shape, colour and texture to explore pattern, sequencing and symmetry. 

The children continue to develop their understanding of sculpture and build their making skills.

Children are then invited to explore how they can manipulate their drawings in an intuitive way to make 3d forms.

Art Year 1



Our Year 2 we become familiar with and inspired by the idea that artists explore and collect things in and around their environment. We have opportunities to record our thoughts and feelings about our artwork in our sketchbooks and together we list places and things that we can explore and collect from school, home and our local area. As we become familiar with the term ‘architecture’ we think about architecture in our local area and engage in peer discussion about local landmarks such as Lytham Hall, The Windmill and The Green. We continue to develop hand-eye coordination through slow drawing, picking out the things that interest us, playing with scale and line. We learn to manipulate materials by twisting, tearing, folding and bending materials to form structures. 



Art Year 2

Art Year 3

Art Year 4

Art Year 5

Art Year 6