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Art at Trinity Primary School plays a key part in our broad and rich curriculum. We value the importance of a high-quality art education and recognise this is essential to developing children’s creativity.  A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.  We are passionate about encouraging curiosity, creativity and wonder in our children and developing children holistically.  We intend to do this by giving children opportunities to become aware of their own artistic creativity by producing creative work, exploring their ideas, recording their experiences and having opportunities in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.  This starts in our Early Years Foundation Stage where our children learn through first hand experiences based on interest led play; our children love to explore the world around them and develop their sense of self.  Our curriculum in Key Stage 1 builds upon these principles and encourages children to begin developing themselves as artists, exploring their feelings and creativity through independent and adult led exploration. In Key Stage 2, our children continue to think and work like artists, by thinking critically and developing a more rigorous understanding of art and design.  Children are encouraged to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design; know about great artists, craft makers and designers.


The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about.  We value our children as independent learners who have their own thoughts and we promote that through dedicated discussion time within our art learning.  This allows vocabulary to be explored and further embedded.  We value the importance of practical work in primary art which allows us to deepen the children’s artistic skills and knowledge.  We value art at Trinity and allocate sufficient time to embed the creative skills, alongside the knowledge, so the children can leave us being confident and expressive young people. 

Children can communicate their art through different mediums, play, discussions, drawings, use of IT as well as through pictures or videos on Tapestry. Where appropriate, we encourage cross-curricular links and provide opportunities for the children to share their understanding.


Children will see themselves as artists and confidently express themselves in a variety of ways. They will leave Trinity equipped with the skills and knowledge to be creative and reflective thinkers of the future. Children will know what art is and its importance in their lives, the lives of the community and those in the wide world.

Art and Design During Lockdown

Thank you to the wonderful Trinity artists who sent in photographs of their artwork during lockdown. Art and creativity have been a natural resource for many people during the pandemic and we have loved seeing the children get creative. When returning to school after the lockdown the children were very excited to be taking part in a whole school art project called ‘Trinity’s Forest of Hope’. Each year group carefully thought about their own messages of hope and designed a variety of stars of all shapes and sizes. Our whole school ‘Forest of Hope’ is now being displayed in Exeter Cathedral as part of an exhibition.

Forest of Hope


Our Lockdown Gallery






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