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Art and Design


At St Richard’s School we really value a rich, creative curriculum. Our curriculum aims to develop artistic skills, inspire an appreciation of art and develop a sense of achievement in all our pupils. Art helps children to develop a respect for the abilities of other children, encourages collaboration and the sharing of ideas and feelings. We also understand the importance of children’s self-expression as a means to a happy and healthy mind.


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 in their art forms


Through topic work, the children have the opportunity to develop their art skills in two and three dimensions in the key areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, collage, clay and sculpture. The skills in these key areas are developed continuously throughout the school from Foundation Stage to Year 6. We encourage children to be inspired by the work of great artists and engage in a wide range of resources and media, to be inventive, imaginative and creative. Children in Key stage 2 use sketchbooks to record ideas.  We develop critical thinking, where children talk about their own and others work, using the vocabulary an artist may use. The children learn about the importance the contribution of art has on culture and the world around us. 



We take great pride in displaying the children’s artwork around the school, entering art competitions and creating our own art gallery. Children have the opportunity to visit The Pallant Gallery in Chichester which is a great resource on our doorstep. 



Our Art Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression in the skills.  We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:


  • A reflection on the standards achieved against the planned outcomes
  • A celebration of learning at the end of each term which demonstrates progression
  • across the school
  • Learning walks
  • Discussions with children about their art, which includes, talk about their thoughts, ideas,
  • processes and evaluations of their work


What we expect to see cross the school:


  • Children asking questions as starting points to their work
  • Children who are confident to talk about their own art
  • Children who experiment with a range of media
  • Children using a range of materials, tools and techniques competently and safely
  • Children developing their observational skills
  • Children who can express their ideas and feelings through their creative work 
  • Children choosing to record their ideas in sketchbooks
  • Children who value and respect their work and the work of others
  • Children using the art of artists and craftspeople for inspiration in their own work
  • Children using the vocabulary an artist may use
  • Children who have a sense of purpose and fulfilment in artistic expression