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Art & Design


Our Curriculum Intent

At St Mary's Catholic Primary school, our Art and design scheme of work aims to inspire pupils and develop the pupil’s confidence to experiment and invent their own work.
We intend that children should master Art and Design to make use of art effectively in their everyday lives. Our children will be taught Art and Design in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning and have a broad and lasting knowledge of subject specific vocabulary.
Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use art and design across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress and become independent, resilient and divergent learners and pupils are inspired by motivating activities.

How we implement Art & Design


Art and Design is taught as a discrete subject, although links are made with other subjects where possible. Our school follows 'Kapow' scheme of work for Art & Design.
In the Early years, children will be taught to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through the Early year’s curriculum.

Teachers guide children to use their sketch books as a place for exploration, investigation and practice. They ensure children are able to talk about and evaluate their work and refine their skills. Children's artwork will be in sketch books, on display and photographed for reference and assessment purposes.  We want to ensure that art and design is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using art are always taken.
Teachers will ensure they teach specific art vocabulary as identified by the knowledge organisers and in the progression document. Teachers will follow the year group planning to teach about well-known and less well known artists and designers who inspire and interest the children.

The Impact of our curriculum

The impact of our scheme is constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objective. 
Book looks, photographs, displays and pupil voice will show children are remembering more about art and showcase the development of progressive art skills throughout the year.