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At Carlton Primary School, art forms an important part of the curriculum. We believe art education stimulates a lot of our school’s 7 learning skills, such as, creativity, resourcefulness, resilience and being reflective. Therefore, we believe that art should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum areas.

Wherever appropriate, art is linked to topics and the wider curriculum as it gives children the opportunities to bring a topic to life. At Carlton we use nationally celebrated days, such as Remembrance Day, to encourage a love of art and create whole school displays. Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists, designers and different cultures.

Art should enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children should experiment collaboratively and independently with their ideas, use of colour, texture, form, pattern, different materials and processes. Self-evaluation of work is encouraged and Carlton teaches that it is a safe environment to make mistakes. From this, children are taught how to be resilient and therefore achieve their goals.