“Art has the role in education of helping children become more like themselves instead of more like everyone else.”
- Sydney Gurewitz Clemens
At St Paul’s Primary School, we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We provide opportunities for all children at our school to take part in memorable art experiences. Art is one of the foundation subjects in the National Curriculum and is an important part of developing children’s individual creativity. Aside from creativity, the Arts play a role in developing other key skills, such as problem solving, recognising different perspectives and resilience. Our aim is to foster a love of Art through ensuring that children can confidently approach their learning in this subject and feel a strong sense of achievement.
The art curriculum at St Paul’s Primary School provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills document. Teachers can use this document to plan their art and design lessons suitable to their class’s interests and usually to make cross-curricular links with their current topic. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. We have designed a curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding in line with advice from the NSEAD where children are given the opportunity to create artworks which are unique to them through the generating ideas, making and evaluating model.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
- Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials.
- Respond to a range of media and materials and develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
- Use different media and materials to express their own ideas.
- Explore colour and use for a particular purpose.
- Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
- Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary – ‘learn, practise, apply’ approach to be used.
- Key Stage The children will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to produce their own unique pieces. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials such as clay to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will have the opportunity to use technology, a range of medias and to learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. All children will use a sketchbook to record ideas and observations.
Key Stage 1
The children will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to produce their own unique pieces. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials such as clay to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will have the opportunity to use technology, a range of medias and to learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. All children will use a sketchbook to record ideas and observations.
Key Stage 2
The children will improve their mastery of art and design techniques by practising specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques in line with our progression document. Children will use technology to produce pieces and explore a further range of media. They will record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate their work. They will continue to learn about the work of artists, architects and designers both in history and the current day.
Children at St Paul’s will become creative thinkers and learners, who have developed a keen awareness of great artists, crafts people, architects and designers. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will be able to reflect on the work of themselves and others. Teachers will emphasise individuality and allow children the freedom to explore art creatively in their own individual way. Children will have embedded the key art and design skills outlined in our progression document and so they will be inspired and ready to progress to their next stage of art in secondary school.