St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

Art, Craft & Design

Subject Co-ordinators: Mrs Gilbey and Mrs Parker 

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it."

Pope John Paul II



Art at St Polycarp’s will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Children learn a broad range of skills and knowledge which is progressive across the school. At St Polycarp’s we aim to foster a culture of creativity and exploration through developing ideas from starting points into personalised projects and outcomes


Our progress objectives are broken down into four main aims:

All pupils have their own personalised art journal, which is put at the centre of their creativity

  • Children use their art journals to record their art journeys
  • They will contain experimentation, research, photographs, and reflections, showing ideas and development
  • They are a place of discovery and rejected ideas (mistakes) are an essential part of the learning process
  • Children are taught to ‘value every mark’.

Pupils are guided by teachers but have freedom to be creative through choice of medium and materials and have opportunities to discuss and critique each other’s work to develop it further.

Challenge and support

We champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich our children's lives: every child is an artist. The school actively seeks to develop links with artists working in a variety of media. This is a continuous process, we seek to expand the number of artists and organisations with whom we work regularly, while at the same time welcoming artists into the school on a one-off basis. Support in lessons is linked specifically with objectives and aims to boost children’s confidence, seeing the value in every mark.

 Progression of Skills - Key Concepts

  Art, Craft & Design Knowledge Skills Progression (Xavier)