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St Matthews CofE Primary School

St Matthew's

Church of England Primary School

"Our vision is to enable our whole school community to live life in all its fullness." based on John 10:10

Art and Design Technology

At St Matthew’s we believe art forms an important role within the curriculum. We believe art education stimulates creativity and imagination, therefore it is taught as an individual subject as well as being incorporated into other curriculum lessons. Progression in art and design will be assessed through the pupils’ sketch books, displays and photographic evidence. Please continue to read to learn how we teach art within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), KS1 and KS2


Within reception the children are encouraged to follow their interests and use their surroundings to inspire their creativity. The children are supplied with recyclable materials for their junk modelling as well as more intricate materials such as water colours, fine tip paint brushes, larger paint brushes, and powder paint. Using the free flow environment allows for teachers to develop children’s fine motor control through the use of children making and being creative. Children also enjoy using the outdoor learning environment to create pattern as well as using the natural surroundings to create an image.


Within KS1 the children will learn how to use a range of different materials to design and make products. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials such as clay to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, textures, line, shape form and shape. Children will use technology to produce images as well as learning about works of art from a range of artists, craft makers and designs. All children will use a sketchbook to record their ideas and observations.  


In KS2 children will learn to improve their technique through specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture work. They will experience a wide range of materials and produce images, patterns and decorative pieces of work. They will record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate improvements.  They will also learn about great artists, modern artists, architects and designers within history.