Art and Design Curriculum Statement
At Broad Square Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Using the Primary Kapow art package, to scaffold our curriculum, we have categorised our content into five areas:
- Making Skills: painting, drawing, printing, creating 2 & 3D art and crafting
- Generating Ideas and taking inspiration from a range of artists and craft people
- Formal Elements: colour, form, line, pattern, shape, texture and tone
- Knowledge of Artists’ work and techniques
- Evaluating: critiquing their own work and that of others
We believe that through teaching Art and Design it will provide the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should 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 of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and the wealth of our nation.
Our topics contain five lessons and are designed to be taught in sequential order, with the exception of the Skills and Formal Elements topics. These two topics feature within each of the year groups and develop the discrete skills and techniques of art, craft and design. We have also threaded through our curriculum examples of BAME artists; highlighting the importance and influence of all art and artists within our whole society.
The Art and Design Curriculum is taught on a weekly basis, ensuring pupils’ learning focus throughout each unit of work, including key vocabulary, is afforded the time to create and reflect on all learning done. In addition to the planned core curriculum, teacher’s discretion is used, in conjunction with the planned Milestones and progression, to create further lessons to practice and develop knowledge and skills. During the course of each topic, evaluation of sessions is ongoing; this includes pupil voice that encourages children to reflect on how the topic has impacted on their skills and creative thinking, along with whole school monitoring and evaluation.
The impact of our Art and Design curriculum is measured through a range of strategies: pupil voice, learning walks, monitoring of books, lesson observations and ongoing teacher assessments. The five areas contained within the Art and Design curriculum ensure that knowledge, skills and understanding are met for all individuals; allowing pupils to gain the age related vocabulary, confidence in expressing their thoughts and time to reflect upon work produced within each topic.