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At SMPS, our Art & Design curriculum aims to develop pupils who are given a life-long love of art and the confidence to be creative and take risks!


We believe that there are three core elements to Art and Design:

· Explore and refine their application of practical skills and record through the use of a range of media.

· Gain confidence in developing and documenting ideas: producing creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

· Understand Art: The analysis of artists work, the formulation of personal opinions and ideas.


Underpinning the curriculum are the expectations: 

  • Ensuring a range of collaborative and individual work
  • The need for pupils to have exposure to a range of historic and contemporary artists
  • To experience links to the art industry through visits to galleries/artist in residence
  • The opportunity for showcasing of pupils’ artwork through galleries/ exhibitions/ displays and sharing of their sketchbooks
  • Place value on pupils’ artistic literacy through vocabulary and analysis skills
  • Links to wider global and cultural themes


“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” NCPoS Ks1-3

Through the teaching of specific artists and pieces of art, children learn how art and design is reflected in and has shaped our society and its history.


Our Art and Design curriculum provides children with opportunities to explore different mediums of creative art including drawing, painting, sculpture and craft. As such, children not only learn about great artists, but they also learn about the work of craft makers, sculptors, architects and designers.

‘Creativity is now as important in education as literacy.’

Sir Ken Robinson


SMPS commitment to all aspects of the creative arts is demonstrated through the award of the Silver Artsmark. We are proud that we have achieved this creative quality standard for schools which is accredited by the Arts Council England.  

EYFS and Key Stage 1 Art

For more information on the Art skills and concepts that are taught throughout school, please see our curriculum progression document below: