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Intent, Implementation and Impact

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time.


At St. Michael’s School we believe that Art is a vital part of children’s education that will develop children’s critical abilities, as well as an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists.  .

We want our children to love art, craft and design!  We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and to grow up wanting to be illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, curators, architects or printmakers. Our Art curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.  As pupils progress, they should gain a deeper understanding of how Art and Design reflects and shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the Art and Design National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  We want our children to use the local area as inspiration, to learn from other cultures and to respect diversity. We believe strongly that an engaging and ambitious art curriculum can help to raise cultural capital and help children to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts that will enrich their lives. To that end, we have carefully selected a wide range of unique and diverse artists, craft makers and designers for children to study.

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  • Each child has a sketchbook. We give the child ownership of their sketchbook in order to foster their sense of creativity. Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas and develop opinions.

  • Throughout the St Michael’s journey, every child is given the opportunity to learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and digital art through the exploration of an initial key artist, craft maker or designer and their work

  • Through in-depth discussion, the pupils explore how their art can share commonalities with famous art and use subject-specific vocabulary to discuss key artworks and their own work.

  • In the development of confident art critics, the pupils share their opinions and make informed observations about what will improve their own practical work.

  • Cross-curricular links are promoted to allow all children to deepen their understanding across the curriculum, including the use of technology, and artworks from year group specific historical, Opportunities to reflect and develop, including through the use of sketchbooks, and chances for self and peer-assessment are planned into each unit of study in KS1 and KS2.


As children progress through St Michael’s they will know more and remember more about Art, they will also be more confident when expressing themselves in visual form. They will understand artistic concepts and have an understanding of the benefit and influence that Art can have over the environment and people around the world. Children will have developed skills such as decision making, inventiveness, creativity and attention to detail as well as developing a sense of intrigue, skills that can be used across the curriculum.

Achievements are celebrated in classrooms during walking-galleries and corridor displays; we aim to develop our future artists and their appreciation of the art around them.

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