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In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Art and Design we aim to ensure that all children:

  • 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 is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum, as well as the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils.    Art enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children are enabled to experiment with their ideas, use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Self-evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be resilience to achieve their goals.
The art curriculum develops children’s critical abilities, deepening their understanding and respect of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a wide range of male and female artists.
Children develop their understanding of the visual language of art with carefully considered sequences of lessons and experiences.  The art and design curriculum develops an understanding of visual elements such as line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape or 3D form.  Throughout their time at St Mary’s children are encouraged to see art as “not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake. 


At St Mary’s, the children will cover an art topic at least once every other term and will also have additional opportunities to engage with art and design activities throughout different areas of the curriculum and throughout the school year.

 • Lessons will link art as closely as possible to the topic for the term, to ensure relevance and context.

• Teach a predominantly skills-based curriculum, which covers drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and printing. Full details of our art curriculum can be found in our Long-Term Plan.

• Re-teaching skills throughout the children’s time in school. Skills are revisited and honed in a spiral curriculum, which progresses in terms of depth and challenge, to build on the children’s previous learning.

• Ensuring that each child develops their skills and techniques in a way appropriate to them, through clear differentiation and support, active and purposeful experiences, and using a variety of art materials and teaching strategies.

• Introducing children to artists and art movements directly linked to the skills or topics they are covering.

 • Utilising a sketchbook approach, so that children feel safe to experiment and take risks, without the fear of doing something “wrong”.

 • Openly promoting art and design as a possible further study or career choice.

 • Encouraging each child to evaluate their art and design work and that of others, both with peers and adults.

• Celebrating effort, progress and achievement in art through displays, exhibitions and enrichment activities, such as trips out and competitions.