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Holy Family

Catholic Primary School

Living, Loving, Learning Together

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Our aims (Intent):

HFS believes that art is a vital part of children’s education and that for children to be well-informed. It is important that they should have a bank of knowledge about art and how it has influenced the world, and what links it has with other subjects.  While at HFS children will learn how to identify key pieces of art and their artists (from a variety of cultures and times). They will learn how to discuss art, how to ask and answer questions about it, and how to explain how the piece of art makes them feel and that those feelings might not be the same for everyone. In addition, they will be able to identify certain techniques and resources used by these artists, to interpret them and apply them to their own work.  By the time they leave HFS at the end of Year 6, they will have a sound knowledge of some of the major and most well-known pieces of art and some of the most influential artists from past and present. We will celebrate the art we study and the art we create.


…… Aspire not to have more, but to be more……


We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Arts Mark Silver Award. At HFS we know the importance of the creative arts within our everyday

lives and within the curriculum. Music and art can lift our spirits, make us laugh

or even move us to tears. To this end we have always ensured that our children get to experience the arts in their many forms.



Art and design at Holy Family stimulates creativity and imagination.  It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world.  It enables children to communicate what they observe, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.  Children become involved in shaping their environment through art and design activities.  They learn how to make informed judgement and aesthetic and practical designs.  They explore ideas and meanings through the work of great artists and designers.  Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures.  The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.


Art Curriculum Map – Long term





Year 1

Painting - fireworks

Drawing - Poppies 

Collage - Snails 

Painting - Volcanoes

Sculpture - plant pots

'Take one Picture' inspired art work

Printing/ Patterns - Butterflies 

Textiles - Bees

Year 2

Painting – handprints/fire

Collage – fire/hot colours

3d work – Antarctic habitat in Shoebox

Sculpture – Clay penguins

Artistic study – Vincent Van Gogh

Still life painting

Year 3




Year 4

Collage – Tudor Monarchs

Artistic Study – Tudor artists

Illuminated Letters

Textiles – Anglo Saxon Brooches

Sculpture – Mayan sculptures

Year 5

Textiles – Felt Robins

Painting – Water paint poppies

Artistic Study – David Nash

Printing – William Morris

Drawing/sketching – observational drawing

Artistic Study – William Morris


Sculpture – clay Greek masks

3d work – Mazes for Minotaur

Year 6

Painting – colour blending/colour wheels/reflection

3d work – poppies

Artistic study Constable/Monet

Charcoal/pastels – observational drawing

Printing – repeated patterns/mandalas/tangrams

Artistic study – Turner, seascapes

Watercolour – landscapes/seascapes Japanese


Foundation Stage (Expressive Arts and Designs)

  • Children should explore colour and how colour can be changed
  • Understand that lines can be used to enclose a space and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects
  • Begin to describe and create different textures
  • Manipulate materials to achieve a planned effect
  • Understand that different media can be combined to create new effects


Children in Key Stage 1 should:

  • Create – use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Communicate – use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Use techniques to create effects – to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, textures, line, shape, form and space
  • Appreciate artists who inspire and influence use – learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work


Children in Key Stage 2 should:

  • Create and communicate – create sketch books to record their observations anduse them to review and revisit ideas
  • Use techniques to create effects – improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawings, paintings and sculpture with a range of materials (eg, pencil, charcoal, paint and clay)
  • Appreciate artists who inspire and influence us – learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.