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In Mount Pleasant Primary school Art contributes to the development of the whole child, emotionally, socially, physically and cognitively. Art within school ensures all children have the opportunity to express themselves using imagination, being creative and to help them to understand the world around them.


At Mount Pleasant School, pupils are encouraged to be involved in learning new skills and using these skills in their art work which will help them to enjoy and appreciate visual arts. Children learn that art plays a part in their own lives as well as learn about art through times and cultures.

Subject Leader: Mrs Gorman

Our Intent

  • At Mount Pleasant we have ensured that all year groups have a different artist to study so they gain knowledge from a wide range of knowledge and ideas to replicate through their art work.

  • We make sure that Art develops the whole child and ensures that emotional, social and physical developments are met in the lessons that are taught.

  • We ensure that children have the opportunity to express their views using imagination and opinion.

  • We have prioritised having an artist as an inspiration to hook the children into the new art theme for the half term. This has ensured that children can express opinion and see a range of techniques used. It is also important that progression over the years are fully embedded throughout the school.

  • Using artists to enrich the art curriculum and show it is a viable career.

Subject Leader: Mrs Gorman

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

  • About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Pupils should be taught:

  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.

  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay].

  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.



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