Our approach to Art

The art curriculum at Chesterton is designed to encourage creativity and personal expression, to develop a range of artistic skills and to expose children to a variety of culturally diverse artists that helped shape history.

Art is a creative tool used to communicate and express ideas and responses to what we experience in the world around us.  As children develop their personal styles, they will have the opportunity to explore colour, form, patterns and texture through a variety of techniques and processes.  Our art curriculum is designed to give the children the skill sets and artistic experiences needed to fuel their imagination and allow them to flourish as artists.


We understand the importance of inspiring an appreciation of the arts as this helps to deepen a child’s understanding of the world around them. By teaching our children about great artists and artworks they can learn the visual language as well as develop their cultural understanding and apply their critical thinking skills. We encourage creativity in our children’s art books, which are designed to gather information, explore and develop skills and record responses.


How we teach Art

Within each topic children are encouraged to critically analyse existing works of art, explore and record their own artistic ideas as well as practise creative skills and apply them with confidence. Art lessons at Chesterton ensure that as well as learning new skills, children will also have opportunities to revisit their learning and build on their abilities as they progress through the school. We teach through a balance of both observational and experimental activities so that children can represent the world around them but also feel confident experimenting with techniques and idea. At the end of each topic there will always be opportunities for the children to reflect and evaluate their own pieces of work.

To provide a broad and rich artistic experience we also offer additional art opportunities through a range of art trips, visits, clubs and projects throughout the school year.

You can read our Chesterton curriculum progression for art knowledge here

You can read our Chesterton curriculum progression for art skills here







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