Our Art Curriculum
Purpose of study:
Art, craft, and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity, hence Art and Design is a highly valued foundation subject at St George’s Primary School. It is St George’s intent to provide a high-quality art and design curriculum that will 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 or art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to culture, creativity, and wealth of our nation.
We intend for all pupils to develop enquiring minds and through our carefully crafted curriculum, that is designed to engage and develop all learners with exciting class topics, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- become experienced and accomplished in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft, and design techniques.
- evaluate and analyse creative words using language or art, craft, and design.
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply, and understand the matters, skills, and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Our curriculum aims to ensure that all learners in Key Stage 1 should be taught:
- to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
- to use drawing, painting, and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences, and imagination.
- To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form, and space.
- About the work or a range of artists, crafts makers, and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making their own work.
Pupils should continue to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation, and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft, and design.
Our curriculum aims to ensure that all learners in Key Stage 2 should be taught:
- to create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
- To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting, and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g., pencil, charcoal, paint, clay).
- About great artists, architects, and designers in history.
Art and Design is embedded in our school curriculum and features highly in each academic year group. Weekly discreet lessons ensure that art and design curriculum objectives are met. We offer challenging learning experiences and engaging lessons that allow pupils to learn, love and shine in their art and design lessons. Throughout all year groups lessons are planned so that they are progressive and build on knowledge previously learnt. All classes are encouraged to produce displays which demonstrate the skills they have learnt and the artist, craft maker or designer they have been learning about. Using art and design displays in classes and throughout the school we aim to create a learning environment that creates a love of learning, tolerance and understanding with regards to the historical and cultural development of varying art forms.
The impact of Art and Design is measured in numerous different ways. Our assessment approach means that we can track pupil attainment regularly. Weekly Art and Design lessons provide teachers with the opportunity to track pupils learning from week to week and over the course of the topic, via the use of questioning and work produced. Planned assessment tasks carried out at the end of each topic of work enable staff to carry out more formal assessments of pupils’ knowledge. Production of their own artwork allows teachers to assess the skills they have achieved and those they may still need to develop. Teachers use age related expectations within the national curriculum to assess children’s learning and understanding.
The overall impact of Art and Design at St George’s Primary School is evident when walking around the building and observing the fantastic displays that have been created and designed by our budding artists, sculpturers, designers. Talking to children who enthusiastically speak about what they have created, demonstrates the pride they feel when seeing their own artwork displayed. Our children enjoy learning about the great artists, architects, and designers in history, in the present and in other parts of the world. This knowledge impacts on their own creative flare, choices and imagination when creating their own artwork and sculptures and encourages them to embrace their own creativity, independence, and individuality.
For more information about our Art curriculum, please speak to our Art leader - Mrs Morse.