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At Abel Smith, art should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensure the progressive development of knowledge and skills
  • Enable children to observe and record from first-hand experience and from imagination,
  • Develop the children’s competence in controlling materials and tools
  • Acquire knowledge and become proficient in various art and design techniques and processes
  • Begin to develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements including colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space
  • Foster enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and develop a knowledge of significant artists, craftspeople, and designers
  • Increase critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures
  • Analyse works using the language of art and design and develop a cross-curricular approach to the use of art and design in all subjects


  • To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills documents. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.
  • Art and design is taught in blocks, where possible linked to our termly topics. The block teaching of art and design allows the children to be fully immersed in their art and design topic.
  • Children are initially engaged in their topic via a memorable experience, such as visiting an art gallery, before learning key knowledge and skills through a ‘Develop’ stage.  
  • At the end of each Art and Design block, the children will apply their skills through an 'innovate' project before reflecting on their learning at the end of the project.  Art and Design projects are showcased with parents and governors at the end of each block, in our very own ‘Abel Smith Art Galleries’.
  • In the Early Years, Art and Design is incorporated consistently into daily routines and is used to enhance continuous provision in addition to being taught as a stand-alone subject. 


Each pupil will:

  • experiencea broad, balanced arts curriculum, with an emphasis on the development of understanding and skills.
  • experiencethe arts through other areas of the curriculum.   
  • begiven a wide range of opportunities to express themselves creatively.   
  • beginto develop awareness of the emotional impact the arts have on themselves and on an audience.