At St Adrian’s Primary School, we recognise the importance of Art and Design within our curriculum as it permits curiosity, creativity and self–expression to develop alongside resilience and confidence. We prioritise the development and progression of artistic skills, using the topics as a vehicle in which the children can gain confidence mastering each skill. In each year as the children move through the school, there is a clear progression of these skills, which build on prior learning.

Within our skill-based curriculum, the children are encouraged to become critical thinkers through making observations, and discussing ideas and plans for their own work. They have the opportunity to invent, create and express themselves using different mediums whilst also exploring artistic styles and taking inspiration from a wide range of art and artists, including those from different periods and cultures. Each pupil keeps their own sketchbook which is used as a space for the children to explore and develop their ideas through sketching as well as evaluating finished ideas.

Key documents

National Curriculum for Art

Topics at a glance

Year 1The Courtauld to stage the first exhibition devoted to Van Gogh's Self- Portraits across his career | The Courtauld
Self portraits
Leaf and Bark Rubbing - Tree House Learning
The dark, dark wood
Outdoor Sculptures by Anna and the Willow
Amazing natural sculptures 
Year 2Premium poster Square of circles according to Kandinsky
Colour study
Wassily Kandinski
Philip Treacy | Hat | British | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Design a hat
Philip Treacy
Artist Angie Lewin on painting, printmaking and native plant life |  Creative Boom
Plants and growing
Angie Lewin
Year 3
Georgia O'Keeffe: five reasons to visit | Tate
Mother nature
Georgia O’Keeffe
POP Art Painting by Gary Grayson
Pop art
Ancient Egyptian Death Masks – St Blaise Primary School
Death masks
Year 4Ancient Greek Art For Kids | Greek Pots | DK Find Out
Greek Pottery
William Morris: a Victorian socialist dreaming of a life in symmetry | Art  and design | The Guardian
Victorians – William Morris
Henri Rousseau, Exotic Landscape, painting, 1910 Stock Photo - Alamy
Henry Rousseaus -Landscapes
Year 5Viking Pattern High Res Stock Images | Shutterstock

Viking patterns
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, the Renaissance Artist Whose Fruit-Faced Portraits  Inspired the Surrealists - Artsy
Giuseppe Arcimboldo – Fruit portrait
Edgar Degas, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878-1881
Little Dancer – Edgar Degas
Year 6famous botanical artists - BOTANICAL ART & ARTISTS
Botanical art
The Creation of Adam - Wikipedia
Human – fine art
Cubism - Wikipedia