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Art and Design

Mission Statement

Through God’s love and lessons, we learn, grow and flourish together.


At St Mabyn Primary School we believe that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative procedural understanding. Our Art curriculum which is based on the National curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development. Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example when printing repeating patterns and designs and thinking about 3D shapes to support structures. It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.


To design a curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding in exploring and investigating, creating and evaluating artwork as set out in the National Curriculum so that children can reach and exceed their potential at St Mabyn Primary School and beyond.


Our pupils will organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following learning:

  • Taking inspiration from the great artists that link to topic work forming the focus for the work


  • Develop their own ideas
  • Master techniques
  • Critically evaluate their work against the work of others

Teachers will decide whether to teach Art and design as a weekly session or block one day per half term enabling pupils to really immerse themselves in the creativity and imagination to produce high quality outcomes. The children's learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week in the summer term where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

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