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At St Teresa's, Art is recognised as an important aspect of the whole school ambition to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, that at least meets or exceeds the National Curriculum. 

It is our intent for all children to:


  •  Gain the appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum;

  •  Learn to use a wide range of media to communicate ideas and feelings;

  • Develop an appreciation of a range of art genre – including artists from different historical periods and cultures;

  •  Think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art;

  • Develop a positive mindset and demonstrate resilience when exploring and reviewing their own skills;

  • Make observations about the world around them and express their individual ideas

  •  Learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment and take inspiration from it.


The Art curriculum at our school should enable all children to enjoy their learning and help them cultivate an ambition to be creative and express  themselves




Art planning at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School is based on the National Curriculum. The fundamental skills and understanding of the subject are set out in the National Curriculum programmes of study. This has been developed into our progression of Art skills, which outline the skills and subject knowledge we endeavour to cover in each year group,. This allows children to secure a strong foundation of the topic, which can be built upon appropriately as children progress throughout the school.  Art has strong cross-curricular links, inspired by topics being covered that term in other subject areas. 

Termly curriculum maps will feed into mid-term planning, focusing on the art process to be completed (Exploration of art and artists – Developing ideas – Creating – Evaluating and improving).



Effective Learning opportunities for all children:

Our curriculum ensures that art is accessible to all children by planning lessons that:

  •  Is challenging for children of different abilities and aptitudes in each year group of each key stage;
  • Motivates children, enabling them to understand and review their own learning;
  •  Caters for children’s diverse learning needs;
  • Overcomes potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of children;
  • Differentiating work through activities and expected outcomes;
  • Works with other adults to support all ability groups.


  • Teachers assess whether children are able to perform the skills outlined in our progression of skills document, when making judgements as to whether children have achieved the expected outcomes for each year of work.

  • Within lessons, children are given the opportunity to build and demonstrate those skills individually and in context.

  • In independent work projects, children use skills and knowledge developed over the previous years to enhance and inspire their work, using a range of techniques and media.