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At St Mary’s art we place a high value on Art as one of the highest forms of creativity and as a means of communication which enables children to develop a capacity for self-expression.  We recognise that Art should engage, inspire and challenge pupils whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Our Art curriculum encompasses the following skills:  Painting, Printing, Drawing, Collage, and Sculpture. 

Children explore the work of great artists and designers for inspiration and observation, to build up a repertoire of techniques and approaches that they can apply in their own work. All children have their own sketchbook to develop their creative skills and techniques.

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At St Mary’s the Art curriculum is incorporated into our 2 year topic cycle and follows the Early Learning Goals (for Reception in Willow Class) and the National Curriculum programmes of study (for Key Stage 1 in Oak Class, for Key Stage 2 in Chestnut and Sycamore Classes). 


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

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

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

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

Design and Technology

At St Mary's we realise that Design and Technology helps to prepare children for the developing world.  The subject encourages children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team.  Through the study of Design and Technology they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues.  Design and Technology helps all children to become informed consumers and potential innovators.


  • to develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making

  •  to enable children to consider how things work, and to draw and model their ideas

  • to encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures

  •  to foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making

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Here are St Marys we understand that music is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enable children to understand better the world they live in. It also plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.

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At our school, children are offered the opportunity to study a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers. These lessons are normally taught to small groups of children who have chosen to learn one of a variety of instruments, such as the guitar and flute and piano.

Singing together is an important part of our school culture.  Children join together every Tuesday morning as a whole school to sing and each year group has an opportunity to perform to the wider community throughout the year (e.g. at Christmas, Easter at the local church, concerts and productions). We also have a dedicated school choir at St Mary’s which we encourage all children from Y2-6 to join. The choir meets on a weekly basis and its primary aim is to enable all children to enjoy singing together.

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Our school uses the Charanga Musical School Scheme of work. The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides an exciting, engaging and inclusive music curriculum.

Each Unit of Work comprises the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising

  2. Musical Activities

    1. Warm-up Games

    2. Optional Flexible Games

    3. Singing

    4. Playing instruments

    5. Improvisation

    6. Composition

  3. Performing

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