Art and Design


Communication, Language and Literacy 

City Living 


Celebrating Diversity 





Our Art and Design Curriculum -  A Journey of Creativity 


At St Chrysostom’s we value Art and Design as a vital part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design allows curiosity, creativity and self- expression to develop whilst also providing the children with opportunities to improve their resilience, problem solving and critical thinking skills. 


Our text-led curriculum is a huge inspiration for final outcomes and Art sessions are taught in blocks every term. This is to ensure that the children make meaningful links between subject areas and allows for deep exploration and application of skills. Moreover, children are immersed in the four phases of learning; Inspiration, Planning, Skills Development and Final Outcome.


To further enhance learning, the children explore various artists and designers from Manchester, as well as Artists from different cultures. We believe that in celebrating our local area and the diverse backgrounds of our children, we will help to create confident world citizens with high aspirations and a secure understanding of who they are and can be.

Curriculum Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should 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. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

National Curriculum Aims

The national curriculum for science aims 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.

National Curriculum Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

    • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
    • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
    • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
    • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.



Recycled Fashion

The children worked alongside a fashion designer. They used a wide range of recycled materials and supported the designer to transform them into garments which were elegant and unique.  Activities were facilitated by the designer, utilising her versatile artistic skills and expertise in re-using waste packaging. The children were able to transform the materials into spectacular garments in order to see the potential and importance of recycling. The children gained creative and life skills including design, textile work, independent decision making, team work and working with limited materials. It enabled the children to gain a new perspective on fashion and recycling.


The theme of this term has been ‘Marvellous Me’, which has provided the children with an opportunity to mark make and create models that reflect their identities and interests.

The children have used a range of mediums: pencil, crayon, paint and chalk. They have also been supported with expanding their creative skills through box modelling. This enables them to manipulate and construct a wide range of materials. Not only have they been able to see how materials can change but also colour, through the use of mixing powder paints.      


The theme of Reception this term has been ‘We Are All Special’. The children have expressed themselves through a range of mediums, materials and mark making tools in the environment. They have been supported with expanding their creative skills through collage, model-making and manipulation of materials. Not only have they been able to see how materials can change but also colour, through the use of mixing powder paints.       

Year 1

The children based their drawings and exploration of colour on the story ‘Lost and Found’. They spent time creating observational drawings of the characters: talking about their features and using sketching to highlight them. Once they had experimented with using pencil, colour was applied using acrylic paint. They discussed as a class which colours would best suit the landscape and portraits. It helped the children express the imagery clearly. The drawings were then transferred onto fabric and acrylic was applied. The characters were outlined in black to help them stand out.

Year 2

The aim of the project was to create texture based on the imagery from ‘Troll Swap. Time was spent observing and discussing the characters and setting. The children explored four techniques to create texture: colour, tearing, wax resist and collage. On a small scale, the skills were applied to flowers, the landscape and the characters. The children then worked as a class to create larger scales of their designs.

Year 3

The art work was based on ‘Seal Surfer’. The observational work was on mackerel, which was the fish the seal ate in the story. When studying the features of the fish they used pencil and explored drawing fish in different scales. To create a multitude of tones and textures, they used watercolour and oil pastels. To bring the fish to life, the children made preliminary 3D models which were made of card filled with newspaper. They explored suitable techniques for bonding and concluded with masking tape. Before constructing the final models, they ensured the colour had been added. These represented the depth and patterns in the scales.

Year 4

The focus of the project was gorillas in captivity. They studied the form of a gorilla by locating images from a range of sources. Skills in proportion supported drawing the body and the facial features. Artist studies helped the children to explore colour and composition in an abstract way. The texture and form of a gorilla was created through a range of mediums, skills and colours: watercolour, block printing, collage and pencil. This was reinforced by their understanding of what captivity meant and how colours, line and materials portray that.

Year 5

The children’s artwork was inspired by the characters in ‘Queen of the Falls’. They studied portrait proportions to support their understanding of creating facial features. They then explored a range of mediums such as pencil, pastel and charcoal. They applied a range of techniques: blending and shading. In order to create distance, the children used lines of perspective. Perspective is what made the portraits have form, distance, and look real.

Year 6

The children’s text touched upon the Holocaust with sensitivity and poignancy. Star of Fear, Star of Hope helped them to understand the effects of war on people. They explored this topic through a range of artist studies. The children paid attention to how emotions and actions may change and manipulate the body’s feeling and shape. The impact of the artist studies was powerful which enabled them to discover ways to draw the human figure. The figures had to resemble a three dimensional quality and the technique ‘chiaroscuro’ was used. This refers to the use of light and shade. The drawings inspired by artists and the text led the children to creating a sculpture. The models were created through balls of newspaper and strips of Modroc were attached.


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