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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!




Our ArtsMark statement of commitment has been approved!

We are now working towards the Artsmark Award.



Well done to all of the children that entered our Art competition. We were amazed by the level of artwork submitted for the Royal Academy Summer Show. The Royal Academy received over 33,000 pieces of artwork, so the competition was tough! Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in gaining a position in the Royal Academy Summer Show, but we wanted to congratulate the children at St. Giles’ for their hard work.

Everyone that entered the competition has received a certificate of achievement and we are proud to present prizes, voted by staff at St. Giles’.


Highly Commended Prize.

Chosen by Mrs Wretham.


3rd Place Achievement Award


2nd Place Achievement Award


1st Place Achievement Award




1st Place Achievement Award - Margaux Preston Y2.

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St. Giles' Art Competition Entries

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