St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School

We act with love, build our faith and grow as people




At St Margaret Clitherow (SMC) teaching of all subjects are firmly rooted in the overarching principles of our mission statement to develop a love of learning, develop our faith and grow as people.  Through our ambitious and sequenced art education all children including SEN and disadvantaged, will be provided with experience to stimulate creativity, imagination and inventiveness. Our art curriculum aims to develop skills and knowledge of art concepts that are necessary for them to express personal responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. Children are given the opportunity to explore a variety of artist work both historical and more modern; develop traditional skills; be experimental; work individually and as part of a group.

Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and 3D work and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.

Children are provided with cultural links and KS2 pupils experience an Art workshop at South Hill park Arts Centre.




To meet the intent, art lessons encourage children to do the following things: 

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and
    sculpture with a range of materials; and
  • to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Art sessions are practical and encouraged to be experimental they also include exercises to help children develop their drawing skills and the way that they look and see. Lessons help to inspire children and develop their practical artist’s skills - as well as developing their understanding using a variety of media including paint, pencil, found materials and paper. They are supported by the Planbee resources and plan to progress skills across the year groups.



Our Art Curriculum is of good quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression with use of progression grid.

In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:


♣ A teacher judgement is made against the achieved planned outcomes and children are

assessed as working at developing, expected or exceeding.


♣ A pupil art book demonstrates progression and includes thoughts, ideas, and processing and evaluations of work. Class discussions and analysis of their art work and their peers support the evaluation and feedback process and also develops the children’s’ speaking skills.


Opportunities to experience workshops and links with the local arts centre build cultural capital and essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to outstanding examples of work from the local area, and help to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement within the arts.