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You don't need brains to be a painter, just feelings. L. S. Lowry

 At St. Anne’s, Art & Design aims to be fully inclusive to every child. 

Our aims are to: fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for art and design and provide a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to;

  • Ensure the progressive development of knowledge and skills and 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, texture, line, tone, shape, form and space. 
  • Foster enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and develop 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. 

Art and design teaching at St. Anne’s instils an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts.  Art and design stimulates imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enable them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the 7 Elements of Art & Design.  Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Students will explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures.  

The aims of teaching art and design in our school are:

  • To 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 through school, they should begin 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.

  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. I aim to ensure that Art and Design is given the same importance as the core subjects, as I feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.

The art and design curriculum at St Anne’s is based upon the National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage.

Art and design provides excellent opportunities to enhance the learning of more able pupils through the investigations, analysing sources and writing extending pieces. Children showing extensive aptitude in art and design will be given opportunities for “Stretch and Challenge” to aid further progression.  Some students will be selected for appropriate enrichment opportunities throughout the year.

At St. Anne’s we provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning inside and outside the classroom. Every year we have a number of artistic/photographic challengers from designing T shirts, Logos, environmental art and wider issues such as; BLM, Unitees and community art projects where the students take part in engaging activities linked to the topic for the students to complete. These also offer an opportunity for parents to engage with the school and join in with their children’s learning.

An online working Gallery will be available for students and parents to showcase the many aspects of the Creative Curriculum shown through our young peoples work.

Our online St. Anne's Art gallery

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KS3 Art Curriculum Map

Educational visits are our next step in providing more opportunities for the students to leave the Island and engage in additional art learning outside the classroom. In the past we have had cultural exchanges with France and will look at similar opportunities in the future.


In Key stage 4 students move on to the next set of principles which are; balance, rhythm, pattern, emphasis, contrast, unity and movement

Standard progression is through a GCSE route in Key stage 4. Students will opt for a particular strand of the AQA syllabus. The current strands offered are;&

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Graphics Communication

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen areas of study. Knowledge of art, craft and design should be developed through research, the development of ideas and making, working from first-hand experience and, where appropriate, secondary source materials. Students are required to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths in the subject and identifying and sustaining their own lines of enquiry.

Fine Art Areas of study
Photography Areas of Study
Graphics Communication Areas of Study

The GCSE Art & Design course consists of 60% coursework and a 10 hour exam equal to 40% 
The assessments will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

•    AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
•    AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
•    AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
•    AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

Within art and design, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry based learning opportunities. Emphasis is placed on investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge of understanding of each unit of work covered throughout the school. The Art and Design curriculum is of high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate creativity with progression.