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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 they 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.

We have designed our art curriculum to incorporate drawing skills, painting skills and mixed media, meeting the expectations of the National Curriculum. Our art curriculum equips children with a clear progression in the each skill, while also developing their creativity and ability to express themselves individually and collaboratively. 

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. Our art curriculum provides children with opportunities to express their ideas and interests and challenge and inspire them to create and invent their own works of art. Children learn key principles of art as well as art history that has contributed to our culture. 

Our aim is to develop empowered, resilient artists, who are able to skilfully use a range of materials to celebrate their ideas and the world around them.

Planning and Delivery






Art is taught on a weekly basis, unless blocked.  Core art areas covered include: drawing, painting and mixed media. 

Art topics are linked with children’s overarching questions and topic work, to allow for meaningful opportunities to enhance their learning.  Each year group has the opportunity to learn about a key artist who has had an impact on culture.  As a part of our school’s learning guarantees, children will visit an art gallery once a year.  Throughout their education at St. Luke’s children will visit at least six art galleries.  More detail can be found in the school’s wider curriculum document. Children have the opportunity to share their work with the school and parents at “art gallery” days. 



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 in the following way:

 · Termly scrutiny of sketchbooks

 · Pupil surveys

The subject leader will lead on the dissemination of good practice in the subject through leading modelling sessions and co-teaching sessions and subject knowledge.

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 must ensure all children are able to achieve the best possible outcome in art.

Artwork from our St. Luke’s Art Gallery

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