Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

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Curriculum  »  Art and Design


The National Curriculum for England, July 2013 states '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.

We have art lessons across the week but also have themed art 'days' or art 'projects' where the whole school will work on a specific theme. Class teachers incorporate the teaching of Art and Design into the wider curriculum.

Art is used for display for a variety of purposes. It not only creates a welcoming and child friendly environment, but it shows evidence of the learning that has been taking place. Displays are used to challenge and encourage all children as examples of what is possible, and also provide support for learning with key vocabulary, questions and facts.

The class teacher is responsible for planning and delivering high quality Art and DT lessons following the statutory obligations set out in the National Curriculum. They are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress and attainment of each child within the subject and reporting to parents at the end of the school year.

At Sacred Heart we believe that the teaching of art provides many opportunities for extending and deepening learning and thinking in other curriculum areas. 

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