“To inspire creativity by engaging and challenging children to experiment, invent and create their own work. Thereby recognising how art reflects and shapes history, making links to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.”

Mrs A Ringer – Art Lead


At St Botolph’s we believe that art and creativity in general are a way of thinking and an approach to life.  Our pupils learn to develop adaptable flexible critical thinking and express their own thoughts, feelings and ideas through their work.

Whether that is crafting, painting or sculpting, we actively aim to develop a child’s ability to confidently express themselves, in an environment where they are encouraged to feel safe, take risks, respect the work of others’ and show resilience to their own.

The Big Ideas

Our art curriculum is delivered using 4 ‘Big Ideas’.

Materials – throughout our art curriculum children experience and explore the use of a range of malleable materials, and develop their mark making skills in a variety of different mediums.

Comparison – the observational skill of comparing and contrasting work runs through our curriculum and is enhanced with each milestone.

Significance – children broaden their knowledge of art, and the language of art, through the study of artists, artistry and art movements. They are encouraged throughout the different milestones to think about and articulate their significance.

Creativity – children will develop an understanding of materials, techniques and innovative art. They will begin to explore, develop, research and hone their thinking for an idea while learning to reflect on their work and that of others, using relevant, constructive feedback that can be used to adapt and refine.

National Curriculum Coverage

At St Botolph’s we expose children to a range of different mediums, styles and techniques. We support their learning with the exploration and study of artists, artistry and art movements and encourage them in the ability to critically assess their work and that of others.


Skills and knowledge within the curriculum are separated into ‘milestones’. Each Milestone contains a range of descriptors that support the children’s progression within the subject. Download our ‘Milestones’ document to see the skills expected within each milestone.