Learning together, rooted in God, pupils at St Lawrence Church of England Primary School are easy to distinguish by the personal qualities they present. They are happy, confident, articulate children with a love of learning, who recognise and celebrate their own individuality and that of other members of our community. They are generous, kind and welcoming; they are forgiving and understand justice. With God by their side, they face the world with resilience, integrity and joy.


The school Statement of Intent is at the very heart of everything we do in school and the arts are at it’s core. We believe that art enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think. They therefore experiment creatively with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes to produce unique pieces of work which show off their individuality. Self evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught not only how to articulate their feelings about their own work using specialist vocabulary but also how to be resilient to achieve their goals.

We use sketchbooks to record both experience and imagination, to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability. Children are happy to work on their own and also to collaborate with others on projects in two and three dimensions and on small and large scales.

At St Lawrence, art is not just taught in a designated art lesson, but wherever appropriate it is also linked to the wider curriculum as it gives children the opportunities to bring topics to life, especially in RE and this helps children to understand how art is also ‘rooted in God’. Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. We invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity. We give children the opportunities to visit museums and galleries, developing their skills of observation and evaluation as well as show the work of more able learners at the Open Exhibition at the Harris Museum. This further motivates children into becoming confident artists, ready for the next stage of education.


Children throughout the school will have the chance to participate in at least six sessions of extra-curricular art or crafts activity every year. We believe that these less formal opportunities for artistic support, allow children to develop their unique and individual style and interests. The clubs allow more scope for ideas to be contributed, as well as consolidating what is taught through the arts curriculum. 


Please see the 'Creative Arts' Policy for more information on how we cater for more able children in the arts.


Each year group will plan from the National Curriculum document and will cover all of statutory requirements for that key stage. The objectives will be revisited and reviewed in a progressive way through each year group. Please see below the learning that each key stage will cover. Exemplified objectives for each year group can be found on the class pages in the form of the half-termly topic webs. Curriculum coverage can also be found by searching the files at the bottom of this page.

The national curriculum for art and design 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.

Key Stage 1
Pupils will be encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques and develop their control over a range of materials and media. They will be introduced to a range of arts, crafts and designs and begin to use their work as inspiration for their own ideas.

By the end of Key Stage 1 pupils at St Lawrence CE Primary School will have covered the following:

  • used a range of materials creatively to design and make products 
  • used drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • developed a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • learnt 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

These objectives will be covered throughout Years 1 and 2. 

Key Stage 2

Pupils will be taught how to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

By the end of Key Stage 2 pupils at St Lawrence CE Primary School will have covered the following:

  • created sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

These objectives will be covered through each year group in key stage 2

Here is a fabulous snapshot of the art work that is going on or displayed in school at the moment. 

Year 2 Clay sculptures - Children explored the work of Keith Haring. They then produced observational drawings of people and went on to make their own clay sculptures.


Art display to showcase skills progression across the school.

Year 3 Textiles - A map to show Alaska. Weaving, sewing, dying, overdrawing, batik, glueing etc. were some of the key skills learnt.

Whole school Mosaic. We have worked with a local artist to design and create this wonderful mosaic. 

KS2 large scale drawings using pastels

KS2 portraiture - Focus upon observational drawing, mixed media, overdrawing, shading.

KS2 digital media

Year 2 Printing - Our local area. The children made observational sketches of the local area and school grounds. They then went on to make quickprints of the simplified drawings. They used rotation and background colouring to make their scenes look dramatic.

Amara Pilling (Reception Class) has been chosen to show some of her fantastic artwork at the Harris Museum. Here is a snapshot, or to see it the virtual display, click here: 

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Pupils at St Lawrence Church of England Primary School are easy to distinguish by the personal qualities they present.They are happy, confident, articulate children with a love of learning.


St Lawrence CE Primary School
Jepps Ave, Barton, Preston
Louise Higham
01772 862664

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