St Nicholas Church of England Primary School

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Our Wholesome Curriculum encompasses: • Heart- Feelings and responding • Head- ‘sticky knowledge’ • Hands- physical skills •Health- physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental

The Arts

Art and Design

At St Nicholas CEVC Primary School, we believe that art is a vital and integral part of children’s education.

It provides them with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide spectrum of different types of art in our society.

Art plays a central role in developing children’s creativity, resilience, independence, judgement and self-reflection. It enables children to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them and therefore links strongly to our school values.

The focus is on developing proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour, shade and sculpture, with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design.

The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists and designers throughout history.

Through their lessons, whole-school projects and competitions, we aim to give children a broad creative experience which will expand their artistic and cultural horizons and so ensure they have a rounded educational experience.

How is our Wholesome Curriculum reflected in Art?

How is cultural capital developed through the Art curriculum?

  • Children are taught about different artists throughout history within each unit of art which cover a diverse artists, sculptures, designers and architects.
  • Children are given opportunities to explore artistic experiences, for example, workshops offering painting skills.
  • Children learn how to be creative, resourceful, innovative, curious, and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present art, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and moral values within the wider world.
  • High-quality art education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth, and well-being of the nation.
  • An art and craft club set-up for all children to increase opportunities for all children, disadvantaged children have been encouraged to join to enhance their own personal experiences.  
  • Artists are invited to visit school and children participate in art workshops within school and in the community.

Art overview:

Art skills progression:

Art Assessment:

What does impact look like in Art?

  • Children will demonstrate knowledge and understanding progressing from their relevant starting points.
  • Children have a range of skills and knowledge that meets the minimum requirements of the National Curriculum art programme of study (2014).
  • Children are confident and competent and can skillfully use their knowledge to support them in other areas of the curriculum.
  • Children acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing, and DT and by working collaboratively.
  • Our teaching of art within our school ensures that children can effectively use, develop, and express themselves through art; this inspires children and raises aspirations.
  • Children will retain knowledge about their focus artists for each unit of work, remember this knowledge and understand how to use and apply this in their own artwork.
  • Children will understand that we are all artists and that art can support mental health and well-being.



At St Nicholas CEVC Primary school, we recognise the vital role played by music in helping children be part of a community, as it provides a vital channel for joining in learning. In light of this, we aim to provide opportunities for all children to create, play, present and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through worship and class presentations, children will be able to express their emotions and showcase their understanding of how to perform with awareness of others. It will also serve as a fun way of remembering God’s word and promises when they gather with others or are alone. Music lessons will enable children to develop their skills, listen to and appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, as well as begin to make judgements about the quality of music. 

It is our intent to make music an enjoyable learning experience. As such, we will encourage all children, no matter ability, to participate in a variety of musical experiences. They will also learn and play various musical instruments, through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. We aim to develop the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing and playing songs, children can learn about the structure and organisation of music. We have support from Medway Music Association through Dynamics Music to focus on helping our children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons, when representing different feelings and narrative perspectives. We also aim to teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.

How is our Wholesome Curriculum reflected in Music?

How is cultural capital developed throughout the Music curriculum?

  • The children are being taught about and will listen to the music of composers from the different periods of music history from medieval times up to the present time. The suggested pieces of music listed in the Model Music Curriculum is built into each year group’s music planning.
  • Music will help the children to develop a broad understanding of a range of cultures, languages and history of music.
  • The children will be able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose, either as a listener, composer or performer.
  • The children will experience a wide spectrum of music knowledge and skills should they develop further interest in their later lives.

Music Policy

Music overview:

Music skills progression:

Music Assessment:

What does impact look like in Music?

  • The children will develop knowledge and understanding from their relevant starting points.
  • The children will have a range of skills and knowledge that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Music (2014) and the Model Music Curriculum (2021.) 
  • The teaching of music in school will ensure that the children are able to participate and express themselves through music and will encourage them to have high aspirations and be aware of all future possibilities.
  • The children will retain knowledge about musicians and composers from their music lessons and will be able to use and apply the skills that have been taught in their own music-making.