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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.