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Art & Design Curriculum Statement

Art and Design Curriculum Statement

At St. Anthony's School we strive to adopt and construct a curriculum that is ambitious and aspirational; designed to give all learners and groups of learners, including the most disadvantaged and those with SEND and higher levels of needs, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in their future lives. We continually strive to make adaptations and reasonable adjustments to enable all our pupils to access our school curriculum and we aim to provide a range of enhancement opportunities to engage all children in their learning. We recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to achieve their full academic and personal potential.

We firmly believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and where all children are exposed to new experiences and knowledge through a varied curriculum regardless of barriers to learning.


Art is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others.


‘Every child is an artist’ ‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’ Pablo Picasso


At St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary, we value Art and Design and aim to engage, inspire and equip children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then be reflective on what worked well, what could be improved and why some ideas or techniques are successful for a particular project and not others. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and sequenced planning. Understanding the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and 3D form) will be developed throughout the curriculum so children can reach their full potential. We aim to identify opportunities for creativity across the curriculum, and help children to enjoy art in their own lives, whilst learning about art from the past and modern day.