Our intent:

St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School understands that art helps to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own
works of art. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our school is committed to encouraging pupils’ curiosity and creativity, allowing them to think critically
and develop a thorough understanding of art and its place in the world.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • 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

We have a love of Art and Design at St.Mary’s because it can give us all opportunities to shine creatively. This is an integral subject in our curriculum and it is used in many cross-curricular ways. The children have sketch books and they have success criteria and key learning objectives to support their skills progression.

Autumn Term Class 2 2023

Class 2 have had a very creative term, exploring lots of famous artists that work within Europe. We started a Sketch to Sculpture project on Gaudi, before we travelled closer to home to learn about David Hockney (as part of Little Way Week) and Henry Moore with his series of shelter drawings. We have really enjoyed developing our skills in using different mediums to recreate works inspired by the greats of he art world!



Little Way Week

Little Way Week is inspired by St Thérèse of Lisieux, patron of mission. As a child St Thérèse dreamed of being a missionary. With age she understood that very few of us are called to make big and radical gestures, but that through small, loving actions we too can deliver God’s love to the world.  We marked the week in conjunction with the text ‘It’s Up to Us: A Children’s Terra Carta for Nature, People and Planet.  This inspired us to create artwork and to consider the small, loving actions that we can take to deliver God’s love to the world in line with the message from Pope Francis in Laudato Si.


Van Gogh Museum Visit

Class 2 children enjoyed a wonderful trip to BBC media City: Van Gogh Live exhibition