Our art curriculum opens up a window for children to experience other cultures and the wider world.
Learning about art creates more opportunities for understanding different cultures and the wider world. We inspire children to be inquisitive about different forms of art, show an appreciation for art history and develop the skills and confidence to produce their own art.
We recognise that studying art provides cross-curricular opportunities, for example through; the impact of the illustration of a picture book, when different periods of art occurred, where different art techniques developed, and learning about artists who had significant impacts on the art world. Each classroom has a timeline and we use these to refer to significant dates across all lessons.
Our art curriculum supports children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness; providing a challenge for all learners. We understand that everyone’s journey in art is different and we celebrate that. Each child has a sketchbook which moves with them from Year 1 – 6. The sketchbook allows the reviewing of previous learning but also to celebrate their artistic journey through the school. Children learn that art skills are developed through practice and they are encouraged to use their sketchbooks to practice different techniques before applying these to a final piece.
Children begin their journey as an artist in Early Years where they learn different ways to mark make using different tools. Children develop their skills as they work through the school through a carefully thought out curriculum. Our curriculum ensures coverage of a range of artists from around the world and across different time periods and different forms of art. Year groups have one big project a year followed by a smaller sequence which allow children to practise and develop skills in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
We believe our children will:
- Acquire an appreciation, enjoyment and love of art and design.
- Develop positive attitudes to art and design.
- Demonstrate awareness of art and design across the curriculum and the wider world.
- Demonstrate their pride and the high status of art and design through classroom, school and online display of their quality work.
- Develop personal qualities including: perseverance, independent thinking, self-confidence and co-operation through art and design.