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Church of England First School


Art Curriculum – Statement of Intent

It is our intent that the Art curriculum at St Richard’s exposes children to a range of art and artists in the hope of inspiring creativity and providing opportunity to experience different creative outlets.

In Key Stage 1, children explore the use of colour and line to express emotions and record their surroundings. They begin to understand the relationships between colours and look closely at how they can use different shades in observational drawing. The children begin to look at artists and will replicate the work of these artists. (begin to form opinions on work of theirs and others)

In Key Stage 2, children will look more closely at the history behind famous artists and begin to compare the works of different artists. Children will begin to perfect their fine motor techniques and become more accurate with their observational drawings. Children will creatively produce their own art in the style of other artists and will also be encouraged to produce art which expresses themselves. ((begin to form opinions on work of theirs and others and reflect and evaluate)

Purpose of study

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 national curriculum for art and design 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. 


Art and Design lessons at St Richard's

Art is an integral part of the schools curriculum plan. Skills are taught from reception and built on as children progress through the school. Children study a variety of artists and sculptors through hands on practical experiences.