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At St Richard’s Primary School we don’t just strive for our children to become artists but we want them to become innovators, inventors, creators amongst other things. We believe that children should develop an appreciation and a good understanding of a wide range of different art forms. Our inclusive ethos means that all children are able to access the curriculum and can express themselves in any way they choose.

Our Art curriculum is founded on developing a child’s understanding of the fundamentals in Art, looking at a range of diverse artists, designers and sculptors. We want them to build upon the skills that they gain during Art lessons in drawing, painting, and sculpture and use those to develop and create pieces that are unique and meaningful to them.

We have chosen to use sketchbooks which enable the children to practise their skills and evaluate the outcomes which they can reflect on and use for future artwork. This enables the children to feel proud of their progress in art as they move up through the school. 

Throughout Primary school we offer opportunities for every Year group to visit an Art gallery. This not only provides our children with a cultural experience but it also ignites interest and encourages them to develop opinions and make decisions without judgement.



To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Our whole school curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills in art using a range of media and materials. Children have the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas and as a school we have chosen to focus on developing their skills in drawing, painting, textiles and sculpture. Art is displayed around school to motivate and inspire others and to celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class.

All pupils will study a range of works by famous artists throughout their time at our school. In the Early years we include Art and Design in all of our practice and throughout each topic. Throughout KS1 the children will study artists within broader big picture topics and from Year 3 upwards children will have big picture topics that have art as the main focus. 

We have decided at St Richard’s to provide the children with many opportunities to experience Art and Design outside the school grounds. Each year group from Reception to Year 6 will have the chance to visit a museum or Art gallery to explore a wider variety of art and to gain some hands on experience.



Over their time at St Richard’s, the children will become creative learners, who will have a web of knowledge about the great artists of the world. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations. Children will have embedded the key art and design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art.  


Please see below for our Intent, Implementation and Impact overview for Art & Design.