• To develop pupil’s artistic and cultural awareness to support their imagination and creativity.
  • Provide regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.
  • Build opportunities for self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts.
  • Provide experiences that are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.



  •  For pupils to 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.



Expressive arts and design is taught continuously through a range of indoor and outdoor provisions. Pupils are given a range of daily activities that are aimed to grow creative skills as well as develop confidence and self-expression. In addition, pupils always have the opportunity to use the ‘creative station’ located in every EYFS classroom, where pupils are able to use their own creative skills to create, draw or make art as they chose.


Art & Design and D&T (Design & Technology) is linked to our topic learning. The learning of Art and D&T is embedded throughout the year, by teaching these on an alternate basis, fitting with the chosen topics taught.

Art & Design:

Art is taught through the styles of other artists. Pupils are encouraged to discuss their opinions on different art pieces as well as grow confidence in identifying the skills the artists have chosen to use. 3 different artists and 3 different skills are focused on in each unit, before pupils use their creativity and individuality to create their own final piece, using a skill that has been practiced within the unit.


Design & technology is taught through a process of research, design, make and evaluate. Teachers model this process in each unit to embed key skills before pupils complete this process independently. Pupils are given opportunities to use a range of resources such as; junk modelling, Paper-Mache and clay.


Attenborough Arts

At Catherine Infants school we annually work in partnership with Attenborough Arts Centre, the University of Leicester’s arts centre. As part of this partnership, Year 1 pupils attend a trip to the Attenborough Arts Centre, accompanied by members of staff. In previous years pupils have enjoyed this unique opportunity very much, as they explore a range of exhibitions created by professional artists. Pupils then participate in workshops based on the exhibition visited at Attenborough Arts Centre.


Discover Arts Award

As part of our partnership with Attenborough Art Centre, our year 1 pupils have the opportunity to work towards their Discover Arts Award. This is a national recognised award that encourages pupils to explore the arts all around them, investigate different art forms, work with a professional artist and then share their discoveries with others. It helps pupils to boost their creativity, curiosity, confidence and communication skills. When completed pupils keep their work booklet and receive a certificate to celebrate their achievements.


Artsmark Award – Silver

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.



  Learning Cycle 1 Learning Cycle 2 Learning Cycle 3 Learning Cycle 4 Learning Cycle 5
Year 2 Art – Portraits -  Sketching, Watercolours, Oil Pastels. DT – Designing and making a school/ Place of worship DT – Designing and making Rockets/Ships Art – Fair Trade – Printing, Collaging. Art – Landscapes – Sketching, Painting, Abstract art.
Year 1 Art – Local Area - Collaging, Painting, Watercolours. Art – Christianity – Clay, Mosaic, Paper Mache. DT – Designing and making a push along toy. Art – The UK – Stencils, Painting with a range of tools. DT - Designing and making buckets.

Materials/ Story Animals/ Friends/ Families/ Feelings

Investigating primary colours, exploring a range of materials, different lines, expressing feelings using playdough.

Nocturnal Animals/ Weather/ Autumn/ Habitats

Collaging, junk modelling, mixing colours, making collaborative art pieces., using playdough to create hedgehogs.

Minibeasts/ Transport/ Winter

Collaborative junk modelling, painting 2D shapes, considering the use of different materials.

Spring/ Superheroes

Observational drawings of plants and flowers, Andy Goldsworthy inspired natural art, finger painting, designing super hero masks, draw and paint real life superheroes.

Summer/ Seaside/ Holidays

Observational drawings of animals, collaging, observational drawings of fruit, add colour and texture to art, express their own creativity using a range of tools.

What is amazing about me?

Control a pencil, model with playdough, collage, use shapes to create pictures.

Why is our world special?

Collage, Rangoli patterns, printing with different tools,  joining different materials, choosing appropriate colours.

What can you see?

Investigate patterns and fabrics, mixing colours, folding and sticking, use shapes to create pictures, self expressions through feelings.

What can we find outside?

Life drawing of flowers, construct mini books, decorating stones, use of natural resources, bark rubbing.

Why do things change?

Patterns, create shapes, line drawings, rubbings.