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Keyham Barton’s Art Curriculum Statement



“Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves and explore what is possible.”

Maryann F. Kohl

At Keyham Barton, we believe our curriculum, driven by our gospel values, will ensure that art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils and equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to produce their own works of art, craft and design. Art and design boosts children’s self-esteem, improves well-being and provides them with transferable skills that can in turn have a positive impact on academic achievement.

The National Curriculum states:

‘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.’


At Keyham Barton, pupils are given the opportunity to experiment with a variety of techniques and materials within the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, printing and digital media and develop an understanding and appreciation of colour, tone, form, texture, pattern, shape, space and line. They will explore the works of different artists, designers and architects and apply aspects of their styles in their work to achieve a purposeful outcome that inspires and motivates them to enjoy and further their own individual accomplishments. Our pupils will be encouraged to reflect on their work and appraise the work of others.


  • Children will experience a broad and balanced art curriculum with emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills. 

  • Children will experience art through other areas of the curriculum. 

  • Children will make at least good progress in Art. 

  • Children will become creative learners, who have a web of knowledge about the great artists of the world. 

  • Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. 

  • Children will be confident in talking about their learning through discussing their thoughts, ideas and processes as well as evaluations of their work. 

  • Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum.