‘Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up’

Pablo Picasso

The teaching and implementation of art at Charlton Primary School is based on the National Curriculum.

As a school, we believe that art is a vital and integral part of children’s education. It provides them with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide spectrum of different types of art in our society, and further afield.



Art contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self reflection. Moreover, it enables them to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them. The focus is in developing proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour and shade and sculpture, with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design.

The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists and designers throughout history.

We teach a skills-based art curriculum, which allows children to express their creative imagination, as well as providing them with opportunities to practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. This is supported through the studying of key artists and the development of a knowledge of their work.


Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing an accessible and engaging curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.


‘Creativity is now as important in education as literacy’

Sir Ken Robinson



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