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Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Statement



At St Katherine’s Church of England Primary School art and design forms an important part of the curriculum. We aim to give each child practical experiences with a range of different techniques, allowing them to develop their creative and aesthetic skills. We will encourage the children to question, reflect and become inspired through studying the work of artists, craft workers and designers from a range of cultures, contexts, times and places.

We will encourage children to take pride in their own achievements and to respect their own and others’ work, in line with our Christian belief and school vision of ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12.31).


In our school we celebrate diversity and will ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn by providing an environment, curriculum and resources that are accessible to all. We will explore spirituality through our own work and the work of others and promote British values. We will challenge all children to reach their full potential, opening them up to a world of possibilities and giving them a lifelong love of art and design.


At St Katherine’s we will meet all of the intentions in the National Curriculum and the EYFS statutory framework in a fun and engaging way, which will “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.” (National Curriculum)



Children within the Foundation stage will have continuous daily access to art and design resources both inside and outside. Art and design skills will be taught ‘In the moment’ and as a part of planned lessons, around the children’s interests and topics.

Art and design is taught in KS1 and KS2 in a two week block each term. Flashbacks are used throughout the term to give opportunities to build on prior skills, learning and knowledge. Art and design is also incorporated into other curriculum lessons.

Children’s art and design work will be celebrated in class and in assemblies. Their work will be displayed in class and throughout the school. At St Katherine’s, we will provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning to take place inside and outside the classroom.



By the end of their time at St Katherine’s, we want our pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to consider and discuss the artworks that they have come across, using artistic vocabulary.

We want our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. The children will be able to produce work that is individual to them and is their own personal response to a stimuli. Most importantly, we want children to have found joy in art and to be able to express themselves through their amazing creations and celebrate and support the wonderful work of others.