St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

Deanwood Drive, Parkwood, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 9NP
Tel: 01634 371892
Headteacher: Mrs Louise Prestidge


Subject Leader: Mrs S Campion 

Whole School Art and Design Curriculum Map

 Art and Design Skills Progression Grid
Art and Design Vocabulary Progression 


 At St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum in art and design which provides children with opportunities to develop and extend skills to express their individual interests and ideas, whilst also contributing to the development of the child emotionally, aesthetically, spiritually, intellectually and socially.

We believe art and design instils an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts and stimulates imagination and creativity. High quality art teaching provides children with the skills to explore, experiment, create and invent their own work of art whilst engaging, inspiring and challenging them. As artists, children should be able to critically evaluate their work and the work of others, taking influence from well-known artists and adapting their work accordingly. As their skill set progresses, they should understand how art has changed their landscape, culture and history. 



We implement a progressive curriculum in which art and design is taught as part of a half-termly topic, which ensures a well-structured approach to this creative subject. Our long-term plan is drawn from Curriculum Maestro topics from Cornerstones, which supports us to implement the knowledge and skills required within the Primary National Curriculum. The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. These plans define what we will teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term. The emphasis on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. As well as the skills taught a focus on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all our learners. Coordinated whole-school project work will ensure that art is given high status in the curriculum. By the end of year six children will have experienced a broad, balanced arts curriculum, with an emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills, which includes links across other areas of the curriculum.



Classroom displays and the school environment reflects the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and celebrates their achievements in art. We measure the impact of our curriculum in the following ways –

  • Child and teacher discussions about their work and learning
  • Continual assessment of the children’s work
  • Children in the EYFS are formally assessed against Development Matters, within Expressive art and design. At the end of the EYFS, pupils are assessed against the ELG’s.
  • Class teachers in KS1 and KS2 assess children’s ability within specific aspects of art and design, both knowledge and skills after each taught lesson.
  • Children’s progress is monitored closely and used to inform teaching, before being shared between year groups upon transition.
  • Children’s artwork is stored in their learning journeys in the EYFS, and then in topic folders or art and design books in KS1 and KS2.
  • Discussions with pupils by the subject leader in order to hear the “child’s voice” 


  Below are some websites to help with art learning:


Tate Kids


Find art activities, read about famous artists and play free art games and fun quizzes.


Art for kids hub


This website has lots of fun activities from teaching children how to draw and making origami art.


Jump start art resources


This website has art activities for children for all ages. It includes drawing and craft activities.


Incredible art


Play fun games about art and learn more about famous artists and their work with these activities.


Art village


Find quick and easy crafts for kids of all ages! Search for crafts by holiday, season, topic, or type.


Art History for kids


Children can learn about the history of art, including different styles of art and famous artists.


Highlights Art Activities

Check out some fun activities from Highlights magazine that let you build works of art online.


Sesame Street Art – (Reception – KS1)

Create works of art and download free colouring pages.