Our Art Curriculum
St Paul’s C.E. Primary School
Art and Design Curriculum Statement 2021-2022
At St Paul’s we have designed our art curriculum to be inclusive and accessible for all children. We believe that the teaching of art is essential for all children across all age ranges. It is an important subject which helps us provide a broad and balanced curriculum.
We believe that a high-quality art education should engage, inspire and challenge all pupils whilst providing them with the courage to explore, experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Our art curriculum will provide the children with an understanding of how art and design reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
It is our aim, as educators, to provide children with the skills to understand, interpret, analyse and evaluate different types of art. As the children progress, we hope to instil in them the ability to think critically and develop their own understanding of art and design.
We aim to provide all children with the skills and knowledge to achieve at least the agreed age expectations in Art and design. We hope that they foster a love of art and use this to express themselves in a variety of contexts.
At St Paul’s we closely follow the programmes of study for Art and design set out in the
National Curriculum. The teaching of art has been planned across the entire school, from the EYFS to UKS2, to ensure a coherent and chronological narrative. In the EYFS, we focus on the specific areas of exploring and using media and materials as well as expanding their imaginations. At KS1 we focus on the key skills needed to develop our artwork and our basic knowledge of artists, craft makers and designers. By UKS2 the children have developed their skills and techniques, become creative and expressive within their work and deepened their knowledge and critical thoughts around great artists, craft makers and designers. Art and design has a weekly, 1 hour slot, every other half-term, for every year group and is also included in our enrichment programme, which encompasses all children from Y1-Y6.
We believe that art is a fluid subject and can be taught in a cross-curricular way, in relation to our topics focus. Each unit of study has been designed to include the National Curriculum skills required for the specific key stage and the subject specific vocabulary. Key skills are highlighted on an assessment sheet, for every child, when the teacher is confident that they have gained this skill.
In order to embed knowledge and skills into long term memory, each year group builds upon and uses prior skills to further push the children to reach their full potential. Learning, experimenting and trialling new techniques should be presented in the children’s Art/DT books which should be individual to every child and move through school with them.
Children enjoy art and are keen to experiment and try new techniques which will allow them to explore their creativity. This is evidenced through the children’s art books and the work that they produce. They are inspired by artists from all around the world and this is reflected in the art work around school. Children have an individual style which blossoms throughout their time at school and art lessons, in particular, allow them to show off their uniqueness. They are able to use transferable skills and are well prepared for the next stage of their learning journey.
All children will make good progress and achieve at least age expected standard in art.