Our Art curriculum develops pupils’ subject knowledge, skills, understanding and appreciation of art. It also develops the pupils’ reading skills through developing pupils’ vocabulary skills. Like the National Curriculum, we believe that art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We, therefore, aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their works of art, craft and design. The more pupils progress, the more they will have the skills to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
Furthermore, we endeavour to ensure that pupils know how art and design reflect and shape our history and contribute to our nation’s culture, creativity, and wealth. Our Art Curriculum develops pupils’ learning and results in pupils knowing more, remembering more and understanding more. It equips pupils with the appropriate subject knowledge, skills, and understanding in exploring, investigating, creating, and evaluating artwork, as set out in the National Curriculum. We aim to equip children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their works of art, craft and design. Our high-quality Art Curriculum will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative procedural understanding. It provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills involved in drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.
Our Art and Design curriculum ensures that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences;
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques;
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design;
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand their art forms’ historical and cultural development.
The clear and comprehensive programme of study we have adopted at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School ensures all pupils are given a chance to produce creative work, explore their idea, and record their experiences. It will equip pupils to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. With these skills, pupils will then evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. Also, it will ensure that pupils learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Our programme of study works in line with the National Curriculum aims to ensure that pupils:
Key stage 1
Pupils are taught:
- to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products;
- to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination;
- to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space;
- about the work of artists, craft makers and designers. Describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines and making links to their work.
Key stage 2
Pupils are taught:
- to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design;
- to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas;
- to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay];
- about great artists, architects and designers in history.
In summary, we aim to implement this by:
- using a clear comprehensive programme of study that allows the pupils to know more, remember more and understand more
- knowledge organisers giving pupils access to key vocabulary, language and meanings
- Visitors into school/Art Competitions/Displays
The Structure of an Art Lesson at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
An art topic will be studied each term over a half-term period [3 topics per year]. One hour per week dedicated to each lesson.
Pupils may be set homework from time to time to consolidate and practice the work they have learnt in class.
Progression of Art Skills
The documents below detail the knowledge and skills that pupils will gain at each stage of their learning journey:
Developing our pupils’ vocabulary is extremely important as it helps our pupils use precise words to comprehend particular lessons or subject matter. Take a look at our Art Vocabulary progression; click on the link below:
By the end of the Key Stage:
- Children will know more, remember more and understand more about art
- Children will be able to apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt from artists to their own artwork
- The large majority of children will achieve age-related expectations by the end of the year
Age-related endpoints for each unit in each year group in the following domains.
Assessment – Assessment for learning is carried out throughout each lesson taught through observation. Live nudges are used as and when needed, and some formative and summative assessments are carried out throughout the year.
- Local Authority
- All of the above will be monitored and discussed during pupil progress meetings and staff performance management.