St Nicholas’ Chantry

St Nicholas' Chantry CofE Primary School

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We care for all God’s children, unconditionally. As a rural town community, the Parable of Jesus as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) resonates with our children who feel valued and welcomed as individuals. All members of our school family, the community and the wider world are valued and respected.


We focus on providing a high-quality art and design education. It should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

The Futura Learning Partnership intent for Art and Design is that learners will explore a diverse range of traditional and contemporary Artists, Craftspeople and Designers, fostering their curiosity and understanding of the world around them. Learners’ experiences will enable them to develop an appreciation of their own and other cultures and how artistic styles have been influenced over time.

Through high quality art lessons learners will become reflective critical thinkers with the abilities to express themselves creatively. They will learn to evaluate their own work and the work of others. A well-sequenced art curriculum will allow learners to make continued progression through the refinement of skills and building on prior knowledge.

 Learners will have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in a range of contexts. Learners will be exposed to art in the local community, galleries and museums to inspire and inform their creative practice.

 At St Nicks we aim for all pupils to:

  • developing ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • refining work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • recording and communicate ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • presenting a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language. (Final outcome)



The children experience a wide range of skills, including painting, drawing, modelling, collage, fabric work and printing. Each term the children explore a new theme, often linked with other subjects and special events.

Art is taught every other term on a weekly basis.


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6








Year 1



Stephen Wiltshire




Printing and collaging

Guiseppe Arcimboldo

Overlapping pattern through press print and digital art


Painting and Drawing Tiger in a tropical storm


Year 2


Sculpture (clay)

Antony Gormley




Printing and collaging

Guiseppe Arcimboldo

Personalised Collage using Digital Design with Fruit


Painting and Textiles Tiger in a tropical storm


Year 3/4


Ancient Art

Stone Age art (Cave painting and colour wash landscape

Egyptian Art (Egyptian landscapes and Egyptian portraits)



Greek monuments

Greek landscape including famous monuments



Roman soldier helmet print Printing

Viking shield design print

Year 5



Kerr Eby WW2

Create a landscape from WW2 using pencil and charcoal


Sculptures and drawing

(papier-mâché à making court jester masks)



Ancient Benin statue design

Year 6



Paul Nash and Robert Benney

Create an atmospheric landscape from WW2 inspired by Paul Nash and Robert Benney using pencil, pastels and paint


Sculptures and drawing

Clay - Gargoyles



1 – Patterned design of a transatlantic ship

2 - Monoprint design of a scene from the Bristol slave trade

Art and Design Long Term Overview

Each phase (KS1, LKS2 and UKS2) complete the same Futura objectives, however in progressing from one year group to the next e.g. Year 1 to Year 2, pupils gradually progress in their skills and knowledge through basic, advancing and deep. At a basic level, the pupils are increasing their key knowledge in each topic for that subject, ensuring that learning is making a change to their long-term memory. They are then able to reach sustained mastery at the ‘advancing’ stage by applying their knowledge from the basic level to routine problems

In Key Stage 1 and 2 we teach art as a sequence of lessons which follow the structure of:

Artist Research: In this session children find out about the life and works of a range of artists, designers, craft makers and architects. Children are exposed to a range of artists from across the globe both present day and from history. We believe it is important for children to see themselves as artists.

Materials and Developing Skills: In these sessions, children find out about the materials they will be using to create their artwork. They also explore with mediums selected and develop skills such as sketching, painting and sculpture.

Plan: In this session children begin to express themselves through their own ideas, taking in the works of artists studied and creating a plan.

Create: Children are given plenty of time to create their final piece and are encouraged to use their own original ideas and those of studied artists, sculptures architects and craftspeople.

Evaluate: In this session, children are encouraged to reflect on their own and the work of others.

Through adaptive teaching and a scaffolded approach, all children are given the opportunity to achieve success. 

Intended Impact

Art and design learning is enjoyed by teachers and pupils across the school and leads pupils to become enthusiastic artists and designers.

  • Within art and design, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing explicit teaching accompanied by investigative and enquiry based learning opportunities. This will ensure children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of each unit of work covered throughout the school.
  • The Art curricula allows for the progression of substantive and disciplinary knowledge, which supports the long-term retention of knowledge and skills.
  • All children will be able to speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills. Art and design develops self-esteem and self-expression. 

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught.
  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
  • Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.
  • Marking of written work in books.


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant National Curriculum programme of study.

  • Matters: the knowledge needed to develop increasing familiarity with different media, to develop skills and the learning essential to inform creative actions through the study of creative practitioners, other cultures and times
  • skills: the improvement and progression in the execution and control of specific skills
  • Processes: the experience and understanding gained through teaching and active participation in specific creative processes, design, sequences of creative action and techniques.

End of EYFS Expectations:

During EYFS our pupils explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, texture, form and function. They use what they have learnt about techniques and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. Children will represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art.

Physical Development – Fine motor skills ELG

Our children will hold a pencil effectively using the tripod grip in almost all cases. They will learn how to use small tools, including scissors and paintbrushes. They will begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.

 Expressive Arts and Design- Creating with materials ELG

Our children will learn to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. They will share their creations, explaining the process they have used.

End of Key Stage 1 Expectations:

Our pupils are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. They will share their ideas, experiences and imagination through drawing, painting and 3D form. All children in KS1 have an Art book within which they keep a record of their work. Children will develop a wide range of techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will also explore the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. They will be describing the differences and similarities between different practises and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

 End of Key Stage 2 Expectations:

Our pupils are taught to develop their techniques, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Children in KS2 improve their art and design techniques with a range of materials, building upon prior learning. Like KS1, KS2 record their work within Art books. In addition to reviewing and revisiting ideas, children in KS2 explore and learn about great artists and designers in history.