Art and Design Curriculum Statement

All subjects in our curriculum are designed to drive the following key areas:

  • Knowledge of the world
  • Increase subject vocabulary
  • Develop curiosity and enhance critical thinking skills
  • Build aspirations for the future

Across the school we teach art to develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.

The National Curriculum for art aims to ensure that all pupils.

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, including history and geography, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
Coordinated whole-school project work will ensure that art is given high status in the curriculum and the school takes part in the annual ‘Gallery Day’ which enables further focus on children’s artistic skills and knowledge.

 

We use a variety of resources to support teacher knowledge and improve lessons:

  • Kapow lesson plans
  • Unity Trust – Atlas shared drive
  • Skills progression through adapting the Essentials Curriculum