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Primary National Curriculum for Art 2014

“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 wealth of our nation.”

Curriculum statement for Art

At Lindfield Primary Academy, art forms an integral part of the curriculums. We wish to inspire, engage and challenge pupils by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art. As they move up through the school, children will build on their skills and develop an understanding of art and design over different times and cultures. We want to give children the opportunity to explore and develop their own creativity, seeing themselves as artists.

Our academy follows the programmes of study from 2014 National Curriculum that acts as guidance on what skills children should develop.

Our curriculum intent for Art

With these aspirations, our intentions for the Art curriculum are:

  • For children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • To support children in becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • To develop skills that allow children to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • To gain important knowledge about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

We will implement these intentions by:

At Lindfield Primary Academy, teachers bring the art curriculum to life and engage children through a range of stimuli, including: key texts, famous artists and artworks, pieces of music and illustrations. We develop our Medium Term Plans drawing on artistic themes in the termly topics, making links with other subjects wherever possible, including: history, science, RE, English and Computing.

While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into the art curriculum means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. Links are made to termly themes and other curriculum subjects where appropriate and these are identified on the termly Curriculum Maps and individual Medium Term Plans. Long-term plans identify individual art units taught across the year group phases.

Children’s work is shared and celebrated consistently throughout the school through high quality displays, open afternoons and whole-school ‘Arts Week’ exhibitions, community parade days and local art festivals ensuring that our artwork is celebrated as part of the community too.

The use of sketchbooks is embedded in our teaching of art as it promotes self-directed learning and demonstrates to children how their learning in art can be creative and is seen as a process which can lead to exciting outcomes. This focus on the ‘journey’ of a piece of art helps children see that the process is as important as the outcome.

Art is promoted through our school with Learning Through Stories weeks where a text is used to inspire learning across the curriculum, with key focus areas including art. Themed weeks and Role Model weeks have seen artists and illustrators from the community work alongside children, modelling good practice and inspiring children to consider careers in the arts.

Art is further promoted through links with the local secondary school which provides a brilliant enrichment opportunity for children with a talent for art. We regularly schedule workshops and art afternoons where children experience new techniques taught by a teacher with specialist skills.

We also offer a fantastic after school Art club run by a local artist, which provides children with an extra-curricular opportunity to further develop their skills and knowledge.

The impact of this learning will be:

By the end of their time at Lindfield children will be able to:
- Use a range of materials creatively
- Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- Talk about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
By the end of their time at Lindfield children will be able to:
- Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- Describe and talk about the work of great artists, architects and designers in history