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Art and design

The National Curriculum states:

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human 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. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

How we meet these aims

At St Mary’s School we value a rich, creative curriculum. Our curriculum aims to develop artistic skills, inspire an appreciation of art and develop a sense of achievement in all our pupils. Art helps children to develop a respect for the abilities of other children, encourages collaboration and the sharing of ideas and feelings. We also understand the importance of children’s self-expression as a means to a happy and healthy mind.

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 in their art forms.


Through topic work, children have the opportunity to develop their art skills in two- and three-dimensions in the key areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, collage, clay and sculpture. The skills in these key areas are developed continuously throughout the school from Foundation Stage to Year 6.

We encourage children to be inspired by the work of great artists, to engage in a wide range of resources and media, to be inventive, imaginative and creative. Children in Key Stage 2 use sketchbooks to record ideas. We develop critical thinking, where children talk about their own and others work, using the vocabulary an artist may use. The children learn about the importance the contribution of art has on culture and the world around us.