At Christ Church School we believe that Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides a special way to view the world through visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and can provide a medium for children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think. 

We want children to have the opportunity to:

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


Learning Challenges – each class complete at least 3 Learning challenges per year, which cover a range of skills and techniques over a 2 year rolling programme.  Children may have additional learning experiences in art linked to other curriculum subjects or art days where they will have opportunities to further develop and broaden their skills and knowledge.

Learning challenges are organised into 6 main areas:

  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Art
  • Painting
  • Creative Crafts
  • Print

Within these areas, they will develop skills and knowledge of elements of art including line, shape, form, colour, space, tone, texture and pattern.

Sketchbooks – children  take pride in their sketchbooks.  They are a place to practise skills, record their research and reflect on their work.  Sketchbooks are used throughout the year as a starting point for all the learning challenges in art, and also alongside other curriculum subjects where appropriate.  Through drawing, painting and collage, children design and develop ideas towards final pieces.  Children comment on and reflect on their work, thinking about techniques, media and design.  They explore the work of other artists and record their findings both textually and visually.  Children are encouraged to use their sketchbooks as reference books for future art projects.

Artist Research – Children research at least one artist / movement per year.