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Clyst St Mary Primary School

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At Clyst St Mary we value art and design as an important part of our student’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art has a very important place within our curriculum. We see art as a vehicle for creativity and individual expression and therefore seek to inspire, engage and challenge our students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. 

Our teaching provides an understanding of all the diverse art forms so that the children experience drawing, painting, collage, textiles, 3D designs, printmaking and digital media. We also endeavour to provide the children with as many opportunities as possible to experience art in the ‘real’ world, collaborating with professional artists and exposing the children to a range of cultural and creative experiences. As pupils progress they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design and be confident in their approach to the subject.


Our aim is to provide a curriculum that ensures all pupils:

  • Produce creative work and feel confident in exploring their ideas.
  • Become proficient in using a range of mixed media.
  • Can articulate their ideas and evaluate and analyse pieces of art.
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers and the influence they have had on culture and art. 
  • Are given opportunities to participate in a range of creative activities and events. 
  • Are introduced to an appreciation of the arts that will last a lifetime. 
  • Provide children with opportunities for self expression and enhance self esteem with a whole school approach to the celebration of the arts. 




The teaching and implementation of the art and design curriculum at Clyst St Mary is based on the national curriculum and other experiences and opportunities that best meet the learning and development needs of our students. Lessons may involve stand alone projects that explore different artists styles or can be linked to certain topics or themes. Our skills progression grid ensures that the children are building upon their skills each year and are exposed to a wide range of techniques and opportunities to use a wide range of different mediums. Children are taught art in discrete lessons throughout the year as well as linked to other curriculum areas and projects where appropriate to create a cross curricular approach to learning. In the summer term we have an art week where each class explores a specific element of art and professional artists come in to work with the children, culminating in an art picnic where the children’s work is put on display for the community. The importance of Art is evident throughout the school through the displays and the permanent works of art. We regularly work with DAISI on arts based projects to enrich the curriculum. 


National curriculum art programme of study



Pupils are given the opportunity to explore and see a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They are given opportunities to:

  • Explore different textures and materials.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas.
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose.
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques. Record ideas in a sketchbook. 




Using the skills progression grid to structure and inform planning students are taught:

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • To use drawing, textiles, painting and sculpture to share their ideas. 
  • To develop a wide range of skills and techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line and shape.
  • About the work of a range of influential and important artists. 
  • To use sketch books to record their work as well as creating 3d and larger scale pieces of work for display. 



Students build upon the skills they have developed in KS1. They develop their techniques, increase their control and explore different materials and show an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. 

They are taught:

  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, using a range of skills and materials. 
  • About great artists, designers and architects in modern day and throughout history. 
  • To use their sketchbooks to develop their ideas, explore different techniques and record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. 




At Clyst St Mary we want our students to feel confident in sharing and displaying their work. To feel safe in exploring new materials and experimenting with their ideas and be exposed to a wide range of different experiences based around the arts. Each student will experience a broad and balanced arts curriculum with an emphasis on developing skills in art and design. Students will experience the arts through other areas of the curriculum and develop an awareness of the importance of art within history and different cultures. Our skills progression grid helps to track progress and ensures each year group is exposed to a range of different mediums, allowing each teacher to build on the skills taught in the previous year. In KS1 and KS2 three key assessment pieces are used to monitor progress across the year. Children in EYFS are assessed within the Expressive arts and design early learning goal and their progress is tracked using tapestry. Age related levels are reported to parents at the end of the year.