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Art and Design

Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Through art and design activities, they learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping environments.

They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.

Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives.

Our Art Intent

At St Francis we have created an art curriculum developing the skills required to explore, investigate, create, question and evaluate artwork using subject knowledge and terminology, as set out in the National Curriculum. The curriculum allows children to develop an understanding of key artists and artistic movements, when given context about what society was like at the time and provide a wide range of media for the children to experiment with, use in their ideas and create their final artistic responses. Our curriculum ensures the children are able to discuss the strands and elements within art and use these to comment on pieces of artwork as well as their own, with artistic language and confidence. 

The curriculum has a clear and comprehensive scheme of work, in line with the National Curriculum, which shows progression across all key stages within the strands of Art. It ensures children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their work; in their sketchbooks alongside their ideas. In doing this, adapting and changing their ideas to improve and strengthen their responses. Where appropriate, opportunities for educational visits and visitors into school to develop the children’s learning experiences are encouraged.

Explore our Art Curriculum - Our Implmentation

Our Art and Design Galleries - Our Impact


Further Information

Our Art and Design Policy

Our Art and Design Intent Statement