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Art and Design

 St Filumena’s Catholic  Primary School – Art and Design Curriculum Statement


At St Filumena’s Catholic  Primary School we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of Art and Design, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first-wave teaching in Art and Design, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.


Intent – What we are trying to achieve?


  • Our principal aim is that children leave St Filumena’s Catholic  School with a wide range of happy and rich memories in Art and Design formed through interesting and exciting experiences driven through vehicles that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner; thus ensuring that children see learning in Art and Design as an ongoing process not a one-off event.
  • Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in Art and Design, which will be taught by highly-enthusiastic, qualified staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in Art and Design.
  • All children will study Art and Design for ½ hour per week (or equivalent).


Each lesson will include live marking (as per the Marking and Feedback Policy).  Work will be marked/evaluated fortnightly following the Marking and Feedback Policy.  Homework is not formally set in Art and Design but children are encouraged to take part in enrichment opportunities such as: reading about Art and Design, watching programmes and visiting places of interest so that they know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development. High quality teaching responds to the needs of children. Spiral learning is a key focus of all formative and summative assessment with teachers actively marking work in lessons in order to identify misconceptions early.  An assessment grid is used to formally record an overview of progress of each child.
Cross-curricular opportunities
Art and Design is taught through the vehicle. This results in excellent cross-curricular opportunities that ensures children are engaged and interested in the subject through the excitement of the vehicle.  It also allows for the British Values of democracy, individual liberty, tolerance and respect to be highlighted, understood and practised by children.
Cultural Capital
Children will learn about key figures from Art ranging from Van Gogh to Kandinsky to Pollock.
They will also experience the following during Key Stage 1 and 2:

  • Have opportunity to use specialist teaching faculties for Art and Design within our feeder high school setting
  • Undertake a hands on workshop experience with an Artist/Designer
  • Visit to at least one local and one national Art Gallery
  • Through visits and visitor experience become increasingly familiar with Art and Design career opportunities available in the work place.