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St Marie’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum Guide ART

‘We do not want art for a few, no more than we want education for a few or freedom for a few.’ - William Morris.


At St Marie’s we work as artists. The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils are able:



At St Marie’s we aim for every child to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas within the arts as well as research, develop and extend their skills. At St Marie’s Catholic Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. 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.


The implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at St Marie’s is based on the National Curriculum, our own progression of skills and our immersive approach to our creative curriculum. This ensures a well-structured, exciting approach to this subject. The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work. By the end of each Key Stage the children will have covered all 6 areas of art (printing, textiles, painting, drawing, collage and 3D sculpture). Each half term all the children spend a week exploring a humanities topic using arts as the vehicle. The children are immersed in the arts. We believe having this pedagogical approach, allows progression of skills to be seen throughout school and quality teaching, learning and assessment takes place. We begin each topic with a specific stimulus, this could be looking at the work of a specific artist or style, a specific piece of artwork, an artefact or piece of music. The children analyse the mood, process, content and form of their initial stimuli and then work at practicing art skills and techniques. The children will then create a final piece based around their original stimuli or the skills this has invoked. on Our Long Term Planning demonstrates the progression through the year groups.. The children’s learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week, arts clubs, an arts council, trips to museums and where possible the children have the opportunity for collaborative working with outside agencies.


The impact of this is that the majority of children achieve age related expectation in art at the end of their cohort year. Children leave St Marie’s with a breath of knowledge of artists and an appreciation their context, mood, process and form. Children are able to express themselves through: printing manipulate textiles, paint with an awareness of colour choice, draw/sketch, collage with a range of media and sculpt. Evidence for this is gathered through pupil voice, observations and ongoing formative self/peer/teacher assessment. At the end of each academic year teaches assess children against age related expectation and this is communicated to parents and governors. Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations. Final end of year assessments are made using assessment criteria that has been developed in line our own assessment tracking sheets. Thus identifying the level in which the child is working.

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