FPS Art Curriculum Statement
Flintham Primary school believes that Art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum, as well as the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. Our Art curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. The curriculum has appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore and investigate, create and evaluate artwork as set out in the National Curriculum and beyond and so will enable the children to reach and exceed their potential. It will enable pupils to create art work with a real purpose in terms of display and sharing the work they create and showcasing the skills and progress they have made. Our art curriculum is also designed to develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists; different historical periods eg. Ancient Egypt and significant art styles from a range of countries eg Tanzania, Japan and South America.
Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.
Our art curriculum provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work that will show progression of skills across all key stages within the strands of Art (Drawing, Painting, 3D Sculpture, Printmaking and Design and Craft). The children are given an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration. Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media and manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension. Because the children will have access to key knowledge, language and meanings, they will be able to apply this to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum. There will be, where applicable, links to develop the children’s learning experiences, which could take the form of whole school workshops or be linked to a wider cross curricular project. Teaching should plan for a final piece of artwork to be produced/displayed and shared at the end of each topic.
The ELG which demonstrates the prerequisite skills for Art within the national curriculum is ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ and the two areas of ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative’. The objectives in both areas are weaved into the programmes of study.
Key Stage 1:
Introduction to the artist/ art form to be studied.
Learn about the background of the subject
Use a range of materials and media to develop art and design techniques in the style of the subject studied
Produce a piece of work in the style of the subject studied
Evaluate work, making links and comparisons between theirs and the subject studied
Use sketch books to further develop techniques when no designated topic
Key Stage 2:
Children should be using their sketch books frequently as a place for them to experiment and try out techniques at any point in the school week. They should be considered an art jotter to be used regularly and by the children’s own initiation so that ideas can be review and revisited.
Pupils are taught to develop their techniques including their control and use of materials – increasingly being able to decide and choose which materials to use to produce a finished piece.
Pupils will be taught about great artists, architects and designers in history with equal attention being paid to men as well as women artists. The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, including humanities, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
Coordinated whole-school project work will ensure that art is given high status in the curriculum eg Tinga Tinga paintings created for Harvest Festival linked with Tanzania project and the school takes part in an annual ‘Big Arts Day’ which enables further focus on children’s artistic skills and knowledge.
The school’s high quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.
The quality of our children’s artwork is continually celebrated. Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school. In the entrance foyer, we have an Art Gallery where children’s work is selected to be displayed throughout each year. Art work in collected and made into an annual scrapbook, which has pride of place outside the Head Teacher’s office.
We currently hold the Artsmark Silver Award and are awaiting the opportunity to go for Gold.
The Art curriculum at Flintham Primary School contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.
Our Curriculum Documents - Mapping and Progression
Whole School Mapping Overview