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Our intent

At St. Luke’s we aim to provide every child access to a high-quality art curriculum. We seek to encourage a love and curiosity for the subject by developing the essential skills and knowledge that children need to be able to understand the subject in depth.

The National Curriculum for art aims to ensure that all children:

  • 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.

​At St Luke’s we ensure our curriculum is driven by celebrating differences, raising aspirations and building resilience. The units we have chosen to deliver and adapt from the Access Art curriculum support these curriculum drivers and ensure all pupils are engaged, inspired and challenged. Pupils are taught the knowledge and skills that they need to create their own works of art, craft and design. We explore a variety of artists, both contemporary and great artists from history, meaning pupils develop a rigorous understanding of art and design.  We explore artists from many different cultures, showing pupils that each one of them has the right to enjoy and create art. Pupils develop the ability to think critically by evaluating their own work and the work of their peers, as well as responding to the work of artists. By exploring the work of great artists, both contemporary and historical, pupils learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. At St. Luke’s, our expectation is that all children are offered a range of rich, meaningful experiences, which allow them to feel a strong sense of achievement. Pupils will visit a gallery in each year group and learn that art is part of their history and their future, it is for everyone. In each lesson they become an artist, giving them the opportunity to explore their full creative potential.


We have designed our art curriculum around three strands: Drawing, Surface and Colour and Working in Three Dimensions. As we alternate the teaching of art with design and technology, we want to focus on skills that children could build on and develop each year, going for depth of experience rather than breadth. By developing their skills in strands such as drawing, they will develop a fluency to these skills which allows them to truly ‘let go‘ and express their ideas and imagination. Our aim is to develop empowered, resilient artists, who can skilfully use a range of materials to celebrate their ideas and the world around them. 


​Art is taught on a weekly basis, unless blocked. Art topics are linked with children’s overarching questions and the wider curriculum where possible, to allow for meaningful opportunities to enhance children‘s learning.  Each year group has the opportunity to learn about a variety of artists who have had an impact on culture. Teachers plan their art units using the 'Unit Overview' provided by the subject leader, and Access Art resources to support them.

Art and Design Technology overview:



Example Unit Overviews: 





















































Art Skills and Progression Document

This document maps where and how we teach the art national curriculum and how we build on the skills taught each year.



Teachers assess pupil work through the national curriculum statements.  Sketchbooks and final products are used to evidence the learning of each child. Children also have the opportunity to self-assess their own work. 


The subject leader monitors the teaching and learning of art, to ensure the national curriculum is being covered. Monitoring takes place through looking at sketchbooks and pupil discussion.

Continued Professional Development

The subject leader leads on the CPD for the subject, based on the needs of individual teachers, and wider school priorities.

Special Education Needs Provision

Teachers will plan activities according to the needs and abilities within the class, differentiating for specific needs. The needs of children on the SEN register will be accounted for and appropriate to their IEPs, with reference to the SEN policy. Teachers ensure all children are able to achieve the best possible outcome in art.

Artwork from our St. Luke’s Art Gallery

Children have the opportunity to share their work with the school and parents at “art gallery” days. 

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