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St Mark's Primary School

Art & Design



Art can transform lives. It gives us the power to question, to confront, to explore and to challenge how we think about the world.



At St Mark’s Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of our children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides our children with the opportunities to learn and develop skills and to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

We believe that a high quality Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a greater understanding of Art and Design. Our children will also be taught how art has shaped our history and contributed to the culture of our nation.



The basis of our Art and Design curriculum derives from the objectives within the National Curriculum. We use our own progression of knowledge and skills map to ensure that our curriculum and its teaching is progressive, thorough and that adequate challenge is given to our pupils.

The Art and Design curriculum at St Mark’s Primary School is designed to encourage creativity and personal expression, to develop a range of artistic skills and to expose children to a variety of diverse artists. Art is a creative tool used to communicate and express ideas and responses to what we experience in the world around us. As children develop their personal styles, they will have the opportunity to explore drawing, painting, colour, sculpture, collage, patterns and print through a variety of techniques and processes. Our art curriculum is designed to give the children the skill sets and artistic experiences needed to fuel their imagination and allow them to flourish as artists.

The works of local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children’s learning. Children will have the opportunity to explore the different styles and techniques of a range of artists. 



We use a range of strategies to assess the development of the children’s knowledge and skills.

  • The class teacher’s ongoing formative assessments and verbal feedback within the lesson
  • Sketchbook scrutinies
  • Lesson observation and feedback
  • Pupil voice surveys


Click here for Progression of knowledge and skills in Art and Design