The National Curriculum Art and Design

St Mary’s Art and Design Rationale

A high-quality art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.

We intend to equip our children with the skills and knowledge needed to replicate a great piece of artwork inspired by artists throughout history along with developing their own works of art.

Learning through and about art enriches children’s learning experience. As it supports self-expression, creativity, and observation skills, enabling the child to develop their individuality and sense of self.

It is important for lessons to have a progressive skills-based focus, and that knowledge can be taught through each strand of the art curriculum. Children should be encouraged to make links between their art and that of a wide variety of artists, craft makers, and designers.

It should provide all learners with opportunities to explore a range of skills, techniques, materials, and processes which deepen and build up through the child’s journey within our school.


The 2014 National Curriculum for art and design aims 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 and Design Whole School Curriculum

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Progression of Skills

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Our Art Lessons

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Art and Design Learning Resources


Art and Design Learning Resources