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Art and Design Curriculum Statement


Here at St Monica Primary School, we believe that art provides an ideal opportunity for children to be expressive, creative and for all to be successful. We deliver high-quality art, craft and design lessons to promote and encourage the creativity of our pupils. Our curriculum is aimed to engage, challenge and inspire pupils, as well as equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress through school, they will be able to think critically and develop their understanding of art and design. They will also know how art, craft and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. We recognise the importance of art in building self-esteem and providing an enjoyable creative outlet for pupils, and encourage self-expression through art, craft and design in all areas of our school.


Using the National Curriculum, we will ensure that children receive a rich art curriculum that builds upon skills and knowledge from Year 1 to Year 6. Art will be taught in blocked units ensuring the integrity of the subject remains at the forefront and allowing children to make cross-curricular links.

Our art learning journeys ensure that each pupil can:

  •  learn about contemporary and historic artists, designers and crafts people

  • respond to and incorporate the ideas of the above groups

  •  discuss and question the stimulus/theme

  •  investigate materials, tools, composition and ideas

  • explore their own ideas considering different methods, styles, approaches, skills, techniques and materials

  •  have the opportunity to develop an art and design vocabulary linked to the visual elements

  • produce their own art work and develop their self-esteem

  • reflect and compare their own work to that of an artist/designer/crafts person studied

  • make purposeful connections (links to prior units; building on skills already developed)

Each learning journey will promote:

  • Enrichment/Enjoyment (learning from artists, crafts people, designers; investigating natural and manufactured objects; using the local environment; visiting a gallery; engaging in art themed days; producing art for local events)

  • Depth & Challenge (A depth of experience is gained through developing knowledge and ideas; refining and experimenting; recording observations and presenting responses) • Quality Outcome which gives purpose to the learning (a personal outcome)

  • Personalisation (Giving children choice and a passion for following own lines of enquiry- choice of media, colours, presentation)

  • Relevance to our children and context


At the end of Key stage 2 we want our children to:

  • experience how producing art can lead to a sense of satisfaction, self-belief and well-being

  •  use the key art and design skills that are needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art

  • understand that art and design is a personal expression and response to a stimulus

  •  consider the impact of the final piece upon themselves and a wider audience

  •  appreciate the rich and varied cultural history of our nation and that of the other nations

  •  learn and use the associated vocabulary


At the end of EYFS we want our children to know/understand:

To be able to have the ability to communicate and understand, through self-expression within the arts. We want our children to create simple representations of events, people and objects and to choose particular colours and textures for a purpose. We want our children to understand that different media can be combined to create different effects and communicate ideas. We want our children to develop their ability to discuss the art and how it makes them feel.

At the end of Key Stage 1 we want our children to know/understand:

By the end of Key Stage 1, we want our children to have had experience using a wide range of materials and tools creatively to share their ideas, experience and imagination. We want our children to be developing their use of the seven elements: colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. By looking at the work and history of different artists, we want our children to make links to their own work and to compare, evaluate and analyse using appropriate language.

At the end of Key stage 2 we want our children to know/understand:

By the end of Key Stage 2, we want our children to have developed their techniques and have a good understanding of the materials used. They will be able to work with more confidence, control and awareness of the materials and their ideas. They will be using their sketch books to record, review and revisit their ideas to develop their mastery with increasing control. The children will work, speak and think like an artist and appreciate the rich, varied cultural history of our nation and that of other nations. All of these developments will be underpinned with a good understanding of the seven elements and accurate vocabulary.

St Monica Primary School

Bay Road Sholing, Southampton SO19 8EZ

023 8039 9870