Art & Design

INTENT – Our Vision for Art & Design:

In Art and supported throughout all subjects, we aim to provide high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We want them to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of the subject. We aim to educate our children to understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our Art & Design Curriculum reflects the ethos and aims of the school as well as the context from which our children derive. This means that our curriculum provides the necessary building blocks to develop the necessary knowledge and skills, whilst also promoting British Values, healthy lifestyles and mental wellbeing, plus excellent behaviour and attitudes. It is underpinned with a large emphasis on SMSC development, a strong practical outworking for others in line with our Christian ethos, whilst also building character and readiness for the next stages of education and the learning journey beyond.

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Our Curriculum for Art & Design

IMPLEMENTATION – Art & Design Planning & Sequencing of Knowledge & Skills:

To find out how Art & Design is planned and sequenced in order that our children can progress through the building blocks for learning, please click below:

Art and Design Overview

Art & Design Skills Progression

Art & Design CONCEPTS

Art and DT Policy 2020-22

Aims of the National Curriculum in Art & Design:

The overarching aim for Art in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of creative work by equipping pupils with the techniques and materials to experiment with different kinds of art, craft and design. 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.

To find out more information about the National Curriculum for this subject & others, please click here

Learning Experience: What is the breadth of experience provided for our children?
  • Quality First teaching: variety of teaching styles & varied stimulus
  • Quality Resources: A range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay, etc.)
  • Visits: Art galleries / exhibition spaces
  • Visitors: Artists and Designers
  • Experiences: Art Club, Art competitions, whole school projects, opportunities to exhibit artwork, links to other curriculum areas
Resources: What resources are used to support the teaching & learning of this subject?
  • Sketchbooks and a wide variety of different types of paper
  • Materials for drawing (quality pencils, rubbers, sharpeners, drawing pens, charcoal)
  • Materials for painting (palette, brushes, paint – ready mix, powder & watercolours)
  • Materials for sculpture (clay, Modroc, cardboard)
  • Craft materials such as felt, fabric, tape measures, needles and thread
  • Non-fiction books about artists, craft makers and designers
  • Online resources
Links with other Subject Areas: What links are made between this & other subject areas?

Links are made with other subject areas wherever possible & Art skills and techniques are often taught with other themes in mind.

IMPACT of our Art & Design Curriculum:

We aim for our teaching of Art & Design to have a great impact on the lives of our children not only creatively, but also in laying the foundations for social mobility through the promotion of British Values & SMSC and getting them ready for the next stages of their education.

Readiness for Next Stage of Education: How does this subject prepare our children for the next stage of their educational journey at secondary school & beyond?

We endeavour to ensure that the sequence of content enables our children to progress whilst they are with us, but also to provide the building blocks necessary to build on at secondary school and their learning journey beyond. Underlying all of this is our emphasis on Leaning Culture which provides the underlying principles of attitude, resilience and character.

Promotion of Social Mobility: How does this subject promote social mobility?

Our aim is that no child is disadvantaged by their background situation and that, as a school, we provide everything that a child needs so that there is no cumulative dysfluency or cultural gaps in learning. As a result, we ensure that children have a broad range of creative and artistic experiences, free access to a wide variety of books, multiple opportunities to speak as well as listen, plus our curriculum is designed in order to boost general as well as subject specific vocabulary.

Promotion of British Values & SMSC: How does this subject promote British Values & SMSC?

Through our rich and varied curriculum, we ensure that our children are well equipped for life in modern Britain and, through subject linkage have an excellent understanding of Art & Design, Democracy, the Rule of Law, Responsibility and Liberty, Mutual Respect plus Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Our Curriculum is driven by SMSC Development and, as a result, pupils thrive – enjoying their lives, learning & want to make a difference for others.

Assessment: How is Art & Design assessed?
  • Teacher assessment
  • Marking
  • Observation
  • Self & peer assessment
Monitoring & Evaluation: How do we know we have been successful?
  • Lesson observations
  • Work scrutiny
  • Discussions
  • Timetables
Long Term Memory: How English impact on long term memory?
  • Success Criteria
  • Feedback / reflection from marking
  • Curriculum Mats
  • Links & connections with other subject areas plus old & new knowledge
  • Discussion