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Intent Statement for Art


In its aim to provide a world-class education for all the children who attend, Richard Bonington Primary and Nursery School recognises the importance of the arts in developing responsible, independent, and knowledgeable citizens.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. 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, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. As well as this, art has been proven to improve mental health and is a way of practicing mindfulness.

The school recognises that there are four elements to an effective art curriculum which all interconnect with each other. These are;


  1. A knowledge of notable artists, craftspeople, designers and an understanding of a range of making skills, tools and techniques they employ
  2. The making skills of drawing, painting, designing, sculpture, printmaking and the use of digital media
  3. The ability to generate their own ideas to develop in an artistic way
  4. A recognition of the need to evaluate a finished piece of work against agreed criteria


The art curriculum is taught through stand-alone units or is weaved into an integrated topic. There is a clear progression through the school with current work being carefully linked to prior learning. The school recognises that the children will have different levels of skill and ability in the subject and will provide support and extension activities as appropriate.


The art curriculum at the school is enriched through visits to museums and galleries and by artists visiting the school to share their expertise with the children and allowing them to further develop their own artistic skills.


The school is fortunate in having access to extensive grounds where sketching, close observational drawing and the use of colour can be explored creatively.

There is no formal assessment of the work created by the children, however a knowledge of the notable artists studied and the ways in which they work is expected and at the start of the year the children receive a knowledge organiser outlining what they are expected to know at the end of the current academic year.