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Art and Design


At St Giles' Catholic Primary School we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of Art & Design, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first-wave teaching in Art & Design, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.








Our Curriculum


Our curriculum is divided into a sequence of learning that enables all children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.


Step 1 – Research

This is where children look at a range of artists, craftspeople and designers. They begin to gather knowledge about the artist, carry out some observational drawings and collect samples of fabric, magazine cut-outs and key vocabulary that inspire them.


Step 2 – Experimentation

We begin to experiment with a range of processes and techniques. This is a fundamental part of learning in art and design, it is where our children begin to develop their craft.


Step 3 – Design

Our children should by this point have a wealth of information linked to their overarching topic or vehicle link. It is now time to look back at what they have learnt and collected to decide what they want to include in their final piece.

Children will consider:

  • What is their composition going to look like?
  • What colours are they going to use?
  • What materials are they going to use and how are they going to use them?
  • How are they going to apply what they have learnt into one final piece of art?


Children will then begin to draft/sketch out their idea for a final piece, annotating with thoughts and ideas.


Step 4 – Making

It’s time to get making their final piece! The sketchbook is very important for this stage of learning as their planning contains the tools they need to create their vision. Our children are now able to create their vision on a larger scale.


Step 5 - Evaluation

Evaluation is an integral part of each stage as children are constantly evaluating their work. Every time they make a mark or manipulate the materials they are using, they are evaluating the effectiveness of what they have done and how it matches their intention.


For their evaluation, a picture of their final piece is stuck in their books and children write their evaluations around it. They consider what went well, what they are pleased with and what skills they hope to improve in the future.


Click the icons below to see what each class has been up to so far this year!



  Autumn 2020












Our ArtsMark statement of commitment has been approved!

We are now working towards the Artsmark Award.



A fantastic opportunity has come to our attention!


The Royal Academy of Arts (RA), which has existed for over 250 years, is an art institution based in London. Founded in 1768, it has a unique position as an independent, privately funded institution led by artists and architects. Its purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions and education.


Every year since 1768 they have held an annual Summer Exhibition, this is the largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. Part of this summer exhibition is an opportunity for children aged 5 – 19 to have their work shown in a world famous gallery.


How can I enter?

To take part, you should submit your entries of artwork to Miss Naden. Your artwork needs to be submitted with some information about the piece such as title, size and a little text about the artwork and why you made it. Miss Naden will then enter your submissions by uploading them to the Royal Academy website. Once your artwork has been submitted online, we are able to view our school gallery via the RA website.


What kind of artwork is accepted?

The artwork can be made using any medium (a word for the materials you’ve used to create your piece). It can be a painting, sculpture, photograph, installation, video, drawing, or a combination. There is no theme so artworks can be of any subject.


How does the judging work?

All of the artworks are viewed and judged by a panel of artists and art professionals. There are two sets of judges, one for artwork made by primary students and one for secondary. When the judges make their selections, they choose artworks which will be shown online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts.



Prizes are awarded each year for two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by the President of the Royal Academy. Take a look at previous entries and 2020 prize winning artwork using this link.


If you would like to take part, please go to the Art & Design page on the St. Giles’ website for more information on how to submit your artwork to Miss Naden.

Entries must be submitted to Miss Naden by Thursday 1st April 2021.  

Click the RA logo to see the useful documents.


Virtual Art Tours  

Click the pictures below to virtually explore some of the most famous art galleries around the world.




Home Learning Art & Design Activities



Art Home Learning - Mark Making to Music

How to be an Illustrator | Tate Kids