Art at Plympton St Maurice Primary School

We are in an exciting year of developing our curriculum provision at Plympton St Maurice Primary School. From September 2020 all classes are following art planning based on a progression of skills approach, linked through topic learning to other curriculum subjects.


Our Intent for Art

Our art curriculum is designed to develop a progression of skills. Through our art lessons, children should be able to develop Life skills, Understanding, Nurture curiosity, Aspiration and Resilience.

At Plympton St Maurice Primary School we believe that art lessons should give children the opportunity to develop their creativity and imagination. In lessons, children not only develop their art skills but also have the opportunity to express themselves and their individuality through art. Through art, children develop the ability to express their feelings and emotions too.  By the time children leave school, we aim for children to not only have developed an enjoyment of using a range of art materials but to also have developed an appreciation of some of the great artists.


Implementation for Art

Our art curriculum encompasses:

Social and emotional learning,


Mastery Learning,

the Arts,

Understand Learning,


Independent Personal learning and thinking,

Collaborative Learning and

Experience rich curriculum.


Our school focusses on developing key skills. Throughout their time at school, children develop their artistic skills in 6 key areas: drawing, painting, collage, 3D form, print and textiles, ensuring they cover a range of these in each year group. Details of topics covered in each year group can be found on the art curriculum area of our school website. As well as developing these key skill areas, children also have many opportunities to apply their art skills in many other curriculum areas.

Children develop and progress their creative skills throughout their time at school, whilst developing a variety of artistic skills through using a wide variety of art materials. Children progress their own skills in drawing, painting and sculpture as they move through the Key Stages, exploring the use of colour, shape and texture in art. Children also have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the work of other known artists. We hope to equip children with the language and skills needed to talk about famous artwork and artists and make links between these and their own work.

Children use sketchbooks throughout their time at school. This allows them to develop skills of experimenting with different ideas and techniques and evaluating their own work, with the opportunity to revisit their ideas. Our children’s artwork is celebrated throughout school, with displays in classrooms and around school, with children developing pride in their own artwork and achievements.


Our Impact for Art

Throughout their time at school, children will develop these key skills set out by the national curriculum aims.

These are as follows:

* 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.

-The National Curriculum in England: Art and design programmes of study. September 2013


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.


Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught 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.

Pupils should be taught:

* to create 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.

We also use pupil voice to measure and monitor the impact of the art curriculum on pupils.



Year Autumn Spring Summer
1 Clay lighthouses-

3D form

Elizabethan Portraits-


Known Artist-Matisse -Collage
2 Tudor Houses-

3D form

Known Artist-Georgia O’Keefe- Painting  Animals Patterns-


3 Cave Paintings -Drawing  Ancient Egyptians-


Known Artist Rousseau- Painting
4  Romans-Clay

3D form

Andy Goldsworthy

and Chris Dury


Printmaking William Morris- Print
5 Mayans- Clay-

3D form

Indian Silk Painting


Greek Masks

-3D form

6 Clarice Cliff Plate Design


Lowry Exploring Perspective


Viking necklaces-

3D form

Additional opportunities for art include working with local artists, visiting exhibitions and art competitions.


Contact Info
All enquiries should be addressed to Mrs K Allen, Business Manager
  • Plympton St. Maurice Primary School, Plympton Hill, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 1UB
  • 01752 337427