Art Curriculum

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Art Curriculum Statement 


‘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’.  National Curriculum



The national curriculum for art aims 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 of their art forms

At St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, we value art as an important part of the pupil’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. In addition, pupils develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. We ensure all pupils produce creative and imaginative work. Pupils are exposed to how art shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world.

Art lessons offer the chance for pupils to develop their emotional expression to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development. Pupils also develop their interest and curiosity about art where they are encouraged to ask questions.

In art, pupils will be empowered to think creatively and critically.  In addition, pupils are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This is meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection. We want our pupils to use the local area as inspiration, to learn from other cultures and to respect diversity.



Our art curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills set out in the National Curriculum. Teachers have structured lessons in a cross-curricular way to effectively facilitate this and to provide maximum inspiration to our pupils. The art lessons are linked to each year group’s termly topics to enhance the pupils’ understanding of the key historical or geographical concepts covered. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills that should be learnt by the end of each topic through use of the progression map, ensuring appropriate progression across topics and year groups. Throughout the year pupils will also take part in art projects linked to key events in the world.  Well planned sequences of lessons are used to build on prior knowledge and skills taught and ensure progression is evident in books.

At St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, pupils in Year 2 – Year 6 have their own sketchbook, in which they can record ideas, practise new techniques and further develop their skills. Pupils have access to a wide variety of art resources and have opportunities to use a range of media. School visitors and trips are facilitated where appropriate to enhance the pupils’ understanding and skills further.



At St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, lessons show progression of skills development within year groups, effectively implementing the resources available to enhance high level outcomes.