Our art curriculum is designed with four strands which run throughout. These are:
· Making skills
· Formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
· Knowledge of artists
Through our school’s scheme of work, these strands are revisited in every unit. In our Art and design skills and our Formal elements of art units, pupils have the opportunity to learn and practise skills discretely. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied to other units in the scheme, Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.
Our curriculum overview shows which of our units cover each of the national curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands.
Our progression of skills shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.
Our Art and design curriculum develop pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through Every picture tells a story units and links to artists through practical work. Our units are fully scaffold and support essential and age-appropriate sequences learning and are flexible enough to be adapted to the form cross-curricular links with our school’s curriculum. Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.
Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with Key Stage 2 pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Lessons are differentiated to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning. Children are expected to have knowledge organisers for each unit in their sketch book before the unit is started. This is to support pupils on building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.