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Our Art and Design Curriculum

In all that we do, we aim to provide a high quality, well-planned, sequenced and ambitious art curriculum. Through Art, we want children to feel able to think and act creatively. This means exploring all aspects of creativity: personal and social, exploring art in a variety of contexts. Most importantly, it is about enjoying the journey, so that pupils want to engage in creative activities, and so that they can grow to appreciate and value the importance of art as a highly subjective and individual experience, one which is capable of bringing people together. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.


Through our high quality and well-resourced Art curriculum, we want to provide children with ideas, inspiration and techniques to enable them to explore a wide variety of media in drawing, sketchbooks, sculpture, painting, printmaking and design. Our high-quality art and design curriculum aims to 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 move through the school, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


‘To be an artist is to believe in life.’ – Henry Moore


We specifically want children to know how to:

  • 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

As a Global Neighbours school that promotes children learning about global citizenship, we also want to encourage all children to:

  •  use art to help explore issues of justice, equality, care for others and the planet, and peace and
  •  develop awareness of diversity and respect for others
  • explore the role of art in global citizenship and global issues.

Our Art and Design Progression of Knowledge and Skills Overview

Our Art and Design Curriculum in Action

Class teachers teach Art and Design. Miss Good is our Art and Design Leader. Drawing skills underpin all our artistic learning and children explore and develop their drawing skills as part of their research and understanding of artists and knowledge focused on in each unit of work. From Year 1, all children have a sketchbook that follows them throughout their time at St Luke's. Each year, children study the works of two famous artists and will experience drawing, painting and printing and one 3D designer, learning about sculpture, textiles or collage. We assess children in every art lesson through conversation with children. Individual sketchbooks also form a record of Art work and clearly demonstrates progression. 

Our gallery below celebrates recent work from different year groups.