Art intent


Following the national curriculum for Art, our intent is that all our children will:


  • A high quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.
  • Pupils will learn through an understanding and developing knowledge of skills linked to drawing, colour, texture, form, printing and pattern.
  • Pupils will be able to generate ideas to produce their own work and build on their knowledge of a number of artists from different genders, cultures and artistic styles.


  • Pupils should know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture and creativity of our country and the wider world.
  • Pupils will develop their own creativity and curiosity through a willingness to experiment with different styles and media and show a growing appreciation of art and design as a source of inspiration and fulfilment.


  • Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas through the skills they have acquired.
  • Pupils will utilise the skills they have learnt and the knowledge they have acquired to create their own pieces of work to both emulate a particular style or artist but also to produce their own interpretation.


  • The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at English Martyrs is based on the National Curriculum.
  • The curriculum is successfully implemented to ensure pupils’ progression in knowledge and skills.


The children are not formally tested on their art skills but we are confident that the quality of outcomes as evidenced in sketchbooks and displays demonstrates how well our pupils achieve in art. Our pupils speak confidently and competently about their own individual learning and a love of art is evident.