Art & Design

Intent 

At St Joseph’s  School, we aim to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Our 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 of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles & sculpture and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.

Art is a way for us all to express ourselves and a chance for our children to explore how creative they can be.  We want our children to love and enjoy art, craft and design.   Our art curriculum intent engages, inspires and challenges our children.  Learning will equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in art and design whilst giving them plenty of opportunities to experiment, invent and create their own fabulous works of art.  Children will be given opportunities to make links to how art can and has shaped our history and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our school and our world.

Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children will be introduced to a range of famous artists and develop knowledge of the skills and vocabulary.

In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.

Our Art curriculum is a knowledge-led progression model. We teach for long-term life learning. We teach key skills and new vocabulary through our art curriculum, building on previous knowledge from the previous year. This will enable children to revisit and build upon the key concepts increasingly deeper as they move through the school. In this way, children will have the opportunity to make increasingly complex connections in their learning across a range of contexts, resulting in rich and deep transferable learning.

In summary, our art intent is to:

1. Inspire by:

  • Developing pupils’ love for art and design

2. Experiment and Create by:

  • Developing pupils’ practical, theoretical and discipline-based knowledge.
  • Equipping pupils with the appropriate subject knowledge, skills, and understanding in exploring, investigating, creating, and evaluating artwork, as set out in the National Curriculum.

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 Sculpture 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.

Implementation

Our 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 equips pupils to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, and other 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 art and design curriculum adheres to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum requirements. The aims of teaching art and design in our school are:

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. Describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines and make links to their work.

Key stage 2 

Pupils are taught:

  • about great artists, architects and designers in history
  • 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];

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 to school/Art Competitions/Displays

The Structure of an Art Lesson at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

One art topic will be studied each term over a half-term period [3 topics per year]. One hour per week is dedicated to each lesson.

Learning Sequence

Within the practical domains, we have decided to study the following specialisms:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printing
  • Collage

The practical domains are then sequenced as follows:

  • Study of Artist
  • Technical language
  • Media and Materials
  • Method and Techniques
  • Processes in Art
  • Formal elements and principles of art

Long Term Planning Overview

Art Long term planning FS – Y6

Homework

 Pupils may be set homework from time to time to consolidate and practice the work they have learnt in class.

Art Progression

The documents below detail the knowledge and skills that pupils will gain at each stage of their learning journey:

Art Progression of Skills

Progression of Skills and Knowledge in Art

Vocabulary Progression

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:

Art Vocabulary Progression

Impact

The structure of our art curriculum ensures that children will develop their own skills and their knowledge and understanding of the work of different artists, craftspeople and designers from a range of times and cultures.  They can then apply this knowledge to their own work. The consistent use of children’s sketchbooks means that children are able to review, modify and develop their initial ideas to achieve high-quality outcomes.  Progression is evident in each child’s sketchbook.

Children learn to understand and apply the key principles of art: line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion and perspective. The opportunity for children to refine and develop their techniques over time is supported by effective lesson sequencing and progression between year groups. This supports children in achieving age-related expectations in Art and Design at the end of each academic year whilst giving them plenty of opportunities to enjoy and flourish in this exciting and important subject.

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.

Moderation:

  1. In-house
  2. Cross-school
  3. Local Authority
  4. All of the above will be monitored and discussed during pupil progress meetings and staff performance management.