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At St Martin’s, we encourage all pupils to feel able to think and act creatively. We believe that it is important for children to have a creative outlet and we understand the immense value that having the ability to express themselves creatively, provides for children’s well-being. Children are taught Art and Design through a range of creative and practical activities and we follow the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum. Our aims are to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Children complete three projects each academic year. The projects enable children to explore and develop skills in the following areas;

  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Painting
  • Collage
  • 3D / Sculpture
  • Digital Media

We select projects which we think will motivate the children and help us to deliver a rich, exciting and relevant art education, while ensuring that the children are given the opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that they need in a wide range of contexts. 

As well as helping to develop skills, our projects provide children the opportunity to experiment, explore and take creative risks in their artwork. Every year, children make their own personal sketchbooks which are used in art lessons on a regular basis. We believe that sketchbooks are a safe place for children to experiment, test and discover.

Within each project, children are introduced to the work of both Great Artists and Contemporary Artists. We encourage children to talk and give opinions about artwork as well as evaluating their own.

  Autumn Spring Summer

Lima Class

(Reception/ Year 1)

Drawing And Painting

Discovering Charcoal

Wax Resist Leaves

Drawing, 3D And Collage

Feathers and Birds

Printmaking and Drawing

Patterns and Spirals

Rose Class

(Years 1 and 2)

Printing and Collage

Colour Wheels and Minibeasts


Making Money And Cartoon Characters

Printmaking, 3D and Digital Media

Printed Houses

Year 3

Drawing, Printing and 3D

Polar Bears

Drawing and Painting

Character pictures and moving pictures

Drawing, 3D and Painting

Clay Tiles


Year 4

3D, Painting and Digital Media

Clay Medals

Drawing, Printing and Painting

Wax resist and sgraffito beasts

Drawing And Collage

Drawing With Scissors

Year 5


Sketchbook Exploration

Drawing, Collage and 3D

Flat Yet Sculptural Dogs

3D and Painting

Making a Festival Feast

Year 6

Drawing, Painting and 3D

Graphic Inky Still Life

Drawing, 3D and Painting

Clay Pinch Pots



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