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“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.”
(National Curriculum 2014)

Intent Statement

Our aim at St. Gabriel’s is to provide a high quality Art & Design curriculum which stimulates creativity and imagination. It aims to inspire and challenge our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We have compiled the schemes of work in a way that ensures broad coverage of all Art National Curriculum objectives, and ensures our pupils experience and enjoy a variety of art projects using different skills and materials throughout the school year.

In Early Years, children will discover artistic creativity through the Expressive Arts and Design area of learning.

Intended Impact

During the children’s learning journey at St Gabriel’s, our intended impact of the Art and Design Curriculum is to ensure that children:

  • communicate what they see, feel and think using colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.
  • explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers
  • explore the impact art & design has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures
  • make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions
  • record from firsthand experience and from imagination
  • select their own ideas to use in their work
  • achieve their creative potential in both two and three dimensional work, working on a variety of scales
  • foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
  • appreciate the beauty, order and precision that is found, naturally and manmade, in our world.

Children will also learn how art & design:

  • reflects and shapes our history
  • contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation
  • enriches our lives



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Pupil Views

When we did colour creations we made patterns, pictures and labelled colours. We learnt how to mix white and black into different colours to make colours lighter and darker.

Year 1

I love art it’s my favourite subject. I love it because you get to design, make patterns and create pictures. I think I’m getting really good at it... I’m getting better and better.

Year 2

We’ve just started learning about L.S. Lowry. I like his pictures. We used watercolour paints to paint in the same style.

Year 3

The first art project we did was all on perspective. I found it quite challenging at the beginning but then it started to get easier with practise. We worked on proportions and I did a fantastic piece of work using these skills on creating a superhero. We also learnt about an artist called Paul Nash he creates illusions. That was really good fun and we recreated our own.

Year 6