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At St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, we have designed a curriculum for the arts with the intent that our children will, from the early years, develop a sense of creativity, self-expression, excellence and spirituality.  


 We will deliver a curriculum that; 


Expose’s all children to the arts, giving them a chance to experience, and participate in a range of creative activities and events.

Give the children a chance to experience religion through art.

Allows our children to experiment in a ‘safe’ environment where there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ results, thus, both self-expression and self-esteem may be enhanced.

Give’s children entitlement to a wide range of experiences in the arts as part of and in addition to the curriculum.  

Give’s children the opportunity to explore, develop and communicate their personal, aesthetic response to experience.  

Develops their knowledge and skills within a wide range of arts activities. 

Introduces them to an appreciation of the arts that will last a lifetime.  

Develops their appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage within the school and local community.  

Helps them make personal interpretations of what they have experienced.  

Encourages children to express themselves creatively using a wide range of media and situations.  




The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. 

The teaching, learning and sequencing of the curriculum follows; 

All children follow a program of progressive skills in art and design, creative dance, music and drama.  These take place in discrete art and design lessons and also as a means of communication in other wider curriculum subjects. 


Wherever possible first hand experiences and real things are used to stimulate art and design activities. Teaching is done in whole class groups followed by group and individual work. New techniques and skills are modelled and examples of work are shown to the children.  

In group and individual work, pupils have the opportunity to investigate, explore and develop ideas and techniques. They are also involved in evaluating their work, celebrating success and identifying areas for improvement. 

Art activities are differentiated to ensure that all pupils can access the tasks and have an appropriate level of challenge. Pupils with particular talents are given opportunities to extend them. Opportunities for using and extending art skills are built into lessons in other subjects.  

 At St Patrick’s we ensure that children also have access to contemporary (20th and 21st century) artists as well as more traditional ones, that are perhaps more relevant to children today. 

 In the EYs there is continuous provision of art and design opportunities: these activities make important contributions to children’s development in the areas of Expressive Arts and Design and Communication and Language. They are also important in children’s Personal, Social and Emotional development. Art is covered in art lessons, continuous provision and as a means of communication and learning in other curriculum areas. 




 Each pupil will; 

  • Experience a broad, balanced arts curriculum, with an emphasis on the development of understanding and skills in art and design, creative dance, music and drama.  
  • Experience the arts through other areas of the curriculum.  
  • Be given a wide range of opportunities to express themselves creatively.  
  • Be given the opportunity to develop skills and interests in out of hour’s learning.  
  • Begin to develop awareness of the emotional impact the arts have on themselves and on an audience. 

Art and Design Curriculum Coverage