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At Rakegate Primary School we place a great emphasis on the importance of Art and Design. We believe that it enables children to express themselves in a creative, imaginative way. Children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work thinking about how they can make improvements. Rakegate’s Art curriculum aims to inspire and develop children’s knowledge and ensure their skills are progressive and transferable to life beyond Rakegate. The Art curriculum contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.

Our curriculum focuses on developing skills and ensuring these skills practice and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, collage 3D work and digital art. Children record their observations in sketchbooks and work is celebrated through displays, social media and in class.

National Curriculum


The National Curriculum for Art states that a high-quality art and design education should 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, they should be able 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.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

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