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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. 


Worcester Stands Tall

From July 9th to September 16th Worcester’s streets, parks and open spaces will be brought to life by giraffes. Individually designed, beautifully created, majestic giraffes as you’ve never seen them before!


The school has a very large 3d giraffe that has been kindly sponsored by ‘Pure Gem’. The children at St  Richard’s are going to design images to decorate the giraffe. Many of the designs will be chosen to create the finished giraffe. Every child will take part in creating the completion of the 3d giraffe.


Why giraffes?
Giraffes are majestic, but elegant, gentle but giant. They are sociable creatures but do not form herds, instead they meet in changing groups each day, rather as we do in our own communities.
Giraffes are the tallest mammals on earth and the collective noun for a group of
giraffes is a tower!


Once completed the finished giraffes (which there are many being decorated across Worcester) will be displayed in ‘The Worcester Stands Tall trail’ which will inspire creativity and generate plenty of fun for all as you follow them on their journey around the city.


When Worcester Stands Tall is completed, the giraffes will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for St Richard’s Hospice. The Giraffe completed by St Richard’s First School will be returned to us for display in school.


The school has been very busy decorating the school giraffe calf for the Worcester Stands Tall display—it looks amazing! We thank Mrs Hammond and Mrs Ladbrook for their hard work in designing and preparing the work. The whole school in groups helped create the images on the exterior of the giraffe and every child has contributed in some form.