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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Working Together for the Good of Each Other


At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education is embedded within our

overarching curriculum that prepares our children for many different aspects of their lives.  

Our overall goal is to help our children to become well-rounded individuals with strong character, who will eventually go out into the world of adults and be actively and positively involved in society.   In order to do this, we are striving to create a conducive environment around the school and this year we have created our own specific Personal Development Curriculum that is entwined with our academic curriculum.

Our curriculum aims to provide engagement and enrichment and through this, we aim for all children to have equal opportunities to thrive together.  

What does Art look like at St. Mary's?

Our Art curriculum develops creativity and inspires children. Through challenges, we seek to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to explore and engage within a range of materials in order to experiment, design and create their own work. 


Our curriculum aims to enable the children to reach and exceed their potential at St Mary's Catholic Primary School. 

We celebrate children's achievements and showcase the skills and progress they have made when displaying and sharing the work they create. 


Art Potter Class

Our Art topic this term is prehistoric paintings, we have been learning about why paintings are prehistoric and what makes them prehistoric. We have started this topic by exploring prehistoric art and identifying features. We have also started to create our own prehistoric art using animals as a key focus. We collected natural products to produce pigments to make our own prehistoric palette.

Lionni Class

In Robinson Class we have been exploring how our drawings can be developed by combining different materials for effect. We can identify the features of a self portrait and have developed ideas towards an outcome by experimenting with a range of materials and techniques.

Using all of these skills we have created our own mixed media self-portraits!

Lionni Class have been map making.

Art - Potter Class

During our art lessons we have been looking at Ancient Egypt. We have been making our own paper in the style of the Ancient Egyptians, staining paper, using the Egyptian patterns and drawing and painting in the style of an ancient civilisation.

Lionni Class creating a range of art through ICT.


We have studies Maya Art throughout our topic where we've 'made our voice heard' and used different shading, tones and techniques.  We've als learnt how to do chiaroscuro.

Ancient Greek Pottery Painting 

Today, we painted our Ancient Pottery in orange and black, colours used to on the original Ancient pottery.

Ancient Greek pottery


Sendak class harnessed their pottery skills this morning to create a pot or bowl with an Ancient Greek theme. The aim was to use intricate patterns and markings to represent an aspect of Ancient Greek life that we have explored earlier in the topic. The designs are outstanding and we can't wait to show off the painted, finished pieces later next week.  

Making sculptures out of natural resources, wool and play doh. Just look at our creations!

Rock painting in Holmes class as part of out Earth Art project.

This week King Class have been learning about impressionism, pointillism and Piet Mondrian's line art and creating our own using purple mash. What do you think?

King Class have been learning all about Henri Rousseau, making fact files and then designing their own portrait, landscape paintings and animal masks.

King Class-Super sculptures. We studied different sculptures of the human form. First the children made the human form with simple objects, then they made the human form with clay. Next they made sculptures with inside and outside surfaces. Finally the children used paint to make different effects.

Shelly Woods Class - Ancient Greek Pottery Painting

Marking making in Year 1 using Chunky Chalk!

Woods Class Enrichment & Enhancement Week

During our enrichment and enhancement week, we have focused on art.  We have particularly focused on Typography.  This was a relatively new concept to many of us so we firstly began by researching what it was and looking carefully at some examples. We then created some of our own examples and extended this to creating our own name using typography and graffiti style online.  After creating our own style of typography, we added this into our final piece.  Take a look at some of our work and see how much fun we had!

In loving memory of the queen. King Class celebrated the Queen's life in worship and thought about how her family would be feeling. We then sketched our own interpretation of the Queen.

Shackleton Art 

During the next few art sessions, we are going to cover the following objectives…

  • Develop a painting from a drawing.
  • Research, discuss and compare a range of work by different artists – discuss their style and how they differ from each other.  
  • Carry out preliminary studies, trying out different media and materials and mixing appropriate colours. 
  • Explore the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times and cultures

Pier Mondrian

As part of our Painting unit of work this half term, Year 1 have been looking at the colour wheel, with particular attention to primary colours. We were introduced to the work of abstract artist, Pier Mondrian and even had a go at creating our own! What do you think?

Black History Month 2021

Year 1 created some beautiful artwork today inspired by famous black artist, Frank Bowling. Just look art their fabulous creations using the 'dripping' method, that he is so famous for!