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Art and Design

Art and Design at Merton Abbey Primary


“Every child is an artist” – Pablo Picasso


“Every artist was first an amateur” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


At Merton Abbey, our school’s motto is ‘Working hard, and caring for each other’, and this is reflected in teaching the Arts at our school; children achieving great success along their Art’s journey and reflecting and celebrating each other along the way. From Nursery to Year 6, children become balanced and reflective citizens ready for secondary school. Children are taught to have a Growth Mind-set, that, rather than saying they can’t do it, more of, they can’t do it yet. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The art and design subject leader is Mark Oglesby.