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The Rosary Catholic Primary School

Art and Design

What Do We Want Our Pupils to Achieve?

Art enables us to find ourselves and to lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton

Art and Design is an important part of the curriculum. It is a visual expression of our thoughts and ideas and a means of communication that invites both reflection and interpretation; it has the power to both move us and to inspire us.

At The Rosary Catholic Primary School, we want our pupils to be able to explore and to record their creativity and to develop the confidence to express their ideas in a visual form that can be shared with others. Our vision is that our pupils will be inspired by the work of the renowned artists that they study as they progress throughout the school and that they will start to develop the skill of art appreciation – the ability to confidently express their thoughts and opinions about the pieces they encounter, the pieces that they create themselves and the pieces created by their peers. We want our pupils to aspire, to create, to evaluate, to refine and to achieve. Our aim is for them to carry a love of art into their adult lives where they will never stop learning or appreciating the world around them.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Pablo Picasso

How is Art and Design taught?

Pupils explore and practise a variety of art and design disciplines as they move through the school. This ensures that there is progress in the skill and knowledge explored through each discipline, but also that this skill and knowledge is embedded. For example: pupils study sculpture in Year 1 but also in Year 3 and in Year 5; drawing is studied in Year 2 but also in Year 4 and Year 6.

Pupils have the opportunity to explore and use a variety of resources/media to ensure progress; for example, in Year 1, as part of their learning on sculpture, pupils use plasticine and man-made materials, including pipe cleaners; in Year 3, pupils use clay, paper, wire and polystyrene; and in Year 5 pupils use frameworks, papier-mache and study the work of sculptor and artist, Pablo Picasso.

Where relevant, learning experiences in Art and Design are linked to our themes. For example, the papier-mache masks made in Year 5 as part of the sculpture focus, are linked to the Ancient Greek theme, Life and Legacy: The Ancient Greeks. The weaving techniques studied in Year 3 are linked to the theme: Sacrifice and Ceremony: The Mayans. The printing techniques studied in Year 6 are linked to The Victorians: Society and Innovation and the work of William Morris. This allows pupils to make links between concepts and to build upon with their prior learning.

Pupils use sketchbooks to explore ideas from their first-hand observations and to adapt and refine these ideas until they decide upon their final piece. This allows them to think carefully about how ideas are developed from an original concept. 

Pupils are exposed to a variety of inspiring famous artists as they progress through the school. This allows them to not only consider differing techniques but also encourages them to develop their own style. The variety of artists studied includes painters from different movements such as Matisse (Fauvism), Picasso (Cubism) and Andy Warhol (Pop Art) to designers such as Orla Kiely.

Living close to  London means that we have access to a variety of galleries such as The National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern, and living within the vicinity of Hampton Court enables us to make art links with the heritage of our locality i.e. the work of Hans Holbein studied in Year 5, The Tudors.

Through our art curriculum, we encourage all our pupils to foster an appreciation of art and design in a rapidly developing 21st century world.

Artists We Study

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6