Art curriculum intent statement 




At Mareham, our Art curriculum ensures that knowledge and key skills are taught in a systematic, well-planned and progressive manner.


At Mareham, our whole curriculum is driven by:

  • creating a sense of awe and wonder – curiosity, excitement, getting children to think and enquire more
  • our place in our world - respect for living things, local, national and global knowledge and beyond, cultures, traditions, diversity
  • vocabulary – refines and enriches communication, better understanding and language


We aim to develop our children – physically, socially, mentally, culturally and spiritually – to embrace lifelong learning with a sense of awe and wonder in order to make a positive contribution to the local and wider community.


We intend to equip children with artisitic skills to develop their knowledge through studying artists, sculpture, printing, drawing and painting. As artists, pupils are exposed to a wide and rich curriculum that links local and world-wide art, allowing them to apply new vocabulary, knowledge and skills.

Our Christian values shape how we behave, what we say, how we build relationships and how we learn. Our Art curriculum is designed to help each child to be able to think, create and speak like an artist; developing  independence for learning whilst achieving academically and meeting age-related expectations by the end of their primary education.


We are friendly, inclusive to all and build resilience; encourage a positive mindset amongst our children as it is often through mistakes that we learn the most. Everyone thrives through feeling safe, confident and valued and the well-being of each and every individual is a priority.


'Live life to the full and create a better future for all.'




At Mareham, children are expected to work hard and demonstrate positive learning behaviours to maximise their own individual learning potential. We are committed to working in partnership with parents as we believe that when home and school work closely together we get the best outcomes. Lessons follow clear objectives and teachers check pupils’ understanding and knowledge, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback, responding and adapting their teaching as necessary. Open discussions and questioning are used effectively throughout the curriculum.


Art is carefully planned over the long term so that pupils acquire and build on the knowledge and cultural capital they need to broaden their horizons, become aspirational citizens and succeed in life.


Key vocabulary is carefully chosen. This is displayed in classrooms and shared at the start of all lessons. Children are encouraged to use the key vocabulary to talk ‘like an artist’.










As a Year 6 Artist transitioning into secondary school, we aspire that pupils not only achieve the age-appropriate standard at the end of Key Stage 2 but they have begun their artistic appreciation and are able to recognise and embrace the beauty of a variety of art from other cultures and places. Children will know more, remember more and understand more. Children will retain prior-learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning. They are also enabled to:

  • Have a knowledge of a wide range of artists and styles.
  • Have developed their own personal interests and approaches using art, craft and design.
  • Have an extensive base of Art language and vocabulary.
  • Have a passion for and commitment for art, and a real sense of awe and wonder.
  • Are confident in using a range of tools and techniques.