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Art and Design curriculum

At Gascoigne Primary School, we passionately believe high-quality arts opportunities should engage, inspire and challenge our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. We believe children should develop an understanding of how art has reflected and shaped our history.


The Art and Design curriculum at Gascoigne Primary School serves the four principles:



  • To enable children to express and broaden their awareness of their senses to convey their impressions of the world and to communicate their feelings and ideas

  • To promote emotional well-being, increase children’s personal confidence and self-esteem and unlock creativity, talents and excellence

  • To support personal, social, moral, spiritual, cultural and creative development and enable children to engage with visual, tactile and other sensory experiences


Our World                            

  • To celebrate diverse cultures represented within our school community

  • To promote careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us

  • To enable children to see themselves as global citizens who matter and can make a difference


Our Education

  • For every child to reach their full potential, whatever their circumstances

  • To provide a variety of engaging, inspiring and exciting opportunities which will enable our children to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design

  • To channel natural curiosity for learning which will facilitate learning in all areas of the curriculum


Our Rights

  • For every child to be able to express themselves artistically and share their thoughts and voices through making art

  • To provide an environment where pupils have a voice and are listened to, whilst understanding democracy and British values within the wider world

  • The UN Convention on the Rights of a child states, in Article 13: ‘The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child's choice.’

  • Article 31 states: ‘the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.’


Art, Craft and Design in the National Curriculum

Teachers discuss the role of art, craft and design in the new National Curriculum.