Catherine Infant School, Ulverscroft Rd, Leicester, LE4 6BY

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Catherine Infant School

Art Curriculum

The  KS1 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.

Art and design is taught through cross curricular topic learning. The learning of Art is embedded throughout the year. All classes must follow the National Curriculum and the individualised coverage grid for each key stage to ensure all skills are being taught in depth throughout the year.

Through the  EYFS profile pupils work towards the Early Learning Goals. They are encouraged to use their imagination and given time to express and develop their ideas, using a wide range of materials and tools. 

 Children have also been able to work with external agencies such as  Attenborough Arts and Spark Arts over the recent years.

This is what our children say about art 

"I enjoy art because I can make paintings come to life"

"I enjoy art because I get to do painting, sketching and drawing and other things."

"I have learnt to use methods like squiggle and tap and painting using different brush strokes."

"I would love to paint Van Gogh's red vineyard picture."

"Art is fun and a little messy, so I like it!"

Curriculum Displays


We are delighted to announce that we have achieved our ArtsMark Silver Award. This is awarded by Arts Council England for recognition of high quality arts and cultural education. Across the country Artsmark is rewarding more and more schools for championing arts and culture. Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources as well as networks of the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision.

Art Partner Links

Catherine Infant School are pleased to be working with The Attenborough Arts Centre, part of Leicester University, on a 3 year project sponsored by Start - the Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Generously funded by The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts and University of Leicester, the Start programme gives children and young people new ways to learn through the contemporary arts, working with professional artists and providing opportunities  for children to get creative. Teachers are also supported through a tailored CPD programme, and the work is celebrated throughout the venue

Our Year 1 children have an  exciting programme of gallery visits, artist workshops and residencies and activities in school  throughout the year. This  supports  them  to achieve Arts Awards and supports  Catherine Infant School on our Artsmark journey. 

Attenborough Arts

Catherine Infant school Art Festival - May 2019

On Thursday 23rd May Catherine Infant School held an arts festival for a day. This was to celebrate the completion of work on our outdoor learning spaces created with the Awards For All grant. In conjunction with Sparks Arts 3 artists worked in school all day with our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. 

Reception children:  Inspired by nature, artist Louise Katarega  led a trail around the gardens to find different shapes which children  copied with their bodies  to make a choreographed movement piece accompanied by music, counting beats and listening to sound as they  discovered their  surroundings.

Year 1 children: Artist Linda Harding transported Year 1 to the forest and wilderness. Linda had  three stations for children to be visually creative with nature. The activities included using natural materials, including sticks, to paint masterpieces, sculpt mini beasts and hedgehogs with clay and make dens with recycled fabrics. After school the  families saw  an outdoor exhibition of dens, clay and paintings.

Year 2 children: Artist Parmjit  Sagoo led a session  inspired by the real life story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win a Nobel peace prize. In Kenya they refer to her as Mama Miti, which means Mother of Trees. She was an activist and environmentalist who planted trees across Kenya, transforming the landscape, advocating and inspiring a love for
nature across the land. Through storytelling, drama and yoga children explored Wangari’s life and mission and learnt  how we can all become guardians and protectors of the natural world.