‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Becoming Artists


 But, Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter. Your hands made us all. Isaiah 64:8


Art at Whitegate CE Primary School

At Whitegate CE Primary School, we encourage the children to grow in wisdom through developing their awareness of a wide variety of forms of expression. Through a visual, tactile and creative approach to learning the children grow socially, spiritually and personally. The children are given opportunities to shine in a range of medias.

During their time at Whitegate, children will have the opportunity to work both independently and cooperatively in a range of media, at different scale, and in both 2d and 3D forms.

Through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes, children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions, exploring ideas and meanings through observing and engaging with the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives and supports children in developing an appreciation of some of the highest forms of human creativity in order to prepare them ‘for life in all its fullness’.


The aims of teaching art in our school are:

  • To record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
  • To develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities;
  • To improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
  • To increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures;
  • To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;
  • To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers;
  • To enable children to enjoy works of art from first and second hand resources.


Our Art year group curriculum overview:



Our school delivers the art curriculum through topic areas and discrete lessons.  We have a range of resources to enable us.  In Foundation Stage, children explore art through a variety of stimulus and media. It is delivered as part of taught sessions and available to the children as part of their continuous provision.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Year 1

Driver – Under the Sea

Focus – Drawing – Portraiture (Whole School) 

Artist – Frida Kahlo (Mexican portrait painter)


Driver – Toys

Focus – Painting

Revisit drawing

Artist – Wassily Kandinsky (Russian painter and abstract artist)



Driver – Knights and Castles

Focus – Sculpture/Collage

Revisit drawing

Artist – Paul Klee (Swiss-German artist) Gaudi (Spanish architect)



Year 2/3 

Driver – Medicine

Focus – Drawing – Portraiture (Whole School) 

Artist – Modigliani (Italian Painter and Sculptor)

Driver – Explorers

Focus – Printing

Artist - Peter Thorpe (American artist and illustrator)


Driver – An Island Home

Focus – Painting / Digital Media (link to computing)

Artist – George Leslie Hunter (Scottish Post-Impressionism)


Year 3/4

Driver – Romans

Focus – Drawing – Portraiture (Whole School) 

Artist – Chuck Close (American Contemporary Digital Artist)

Driver - Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Focus – Sculpture / Painting

Artist – Norse art

Driver - Industrial Revolution

Focus – Drawing

Artist – Lowry (British Naïve Art)


Year 4/5

Driver - Slavery

Focus – Drawing – Portraiture (Whole School) 

Artist – Bisa Butler (African American Contemporary textile artist)


Driver - Greeks

Focus – Sculpture

Artist -  Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter)


Driver - The Tudors

Focus – Printing

Artist – William Morris (Textile Designer)


 DT link


Year 5/6

Driver - Islam

Focus – Drawing – Portraiture (Whole School) 

Artist – Sandra Silberzweig (Canadian Contemporary Painter)

Focus – Textiles (Link to DT)

Artist - Islamic prayer mats


Driver - Vale Royal Abbey

Focus – Painting / Digital Media

Artist - Medieval art


Driver - WW2 conflict

Focus- Drawing

Artist – Henry Moore (Modern Art)



Websites we recommend to explore:
BBC Teach:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks1-art-and-design/zftyd6f and https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks2-art-and-design/zd4jscw 

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z8tnvcw 


If you have any questions about our Art curriculum, please contact Mrs Savage (subject lead) via the school office.

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