Art & Design
At Warboys Primary Academy, our curriulum ensures all children will:
- Receive a consistently high quality learning
- Experience a range of techniques and materials
- All teachers, irrespective of their own personal skill or confidence levels can deliver quality lessons.
Our Art curriculum aims to enable children to let their light shine by becoming:
- Enthusiastic, curious and independent thinkers through being inspired by specialist artists that challenge and fire their imagination and thinking. Pupils are exposed to different perspectives through observation, leading them to ask questions and make personal discoveries.
- Motivated, reflective, and resilient learners through the celebration of achievement at a variety of levels both in classrooms and across the whole school. We encourage pupils to develop confidence in their own abilities by self and peer assessing and listening to advice from others to achieve their goals.
- Tolerant and responsible citizens through the understanding that everyone is unique and special. In art, pupils have access to cultural richness and diversity, enabling them to appreciate and enjoy the arts that enrich lives in the world around us.
Our curriculum is designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history. In addition it supports our children to meet the national curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and has been written to fully cover the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.
Our Art and Design curriculum is designed with five strands that run throughout.
● Generating ideas
● Using sketchbooks
● Making skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
● Knowledge of artists
● Evaluating and analysing
Units of lessons are sequential, allowing our children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the national curriculum, are also woven throughout units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows our children to revise and build on their previous learning.
Units in each year group are organised into four core areas:
● Painting and mixed-media
● Sculpture and 3D
● Craft and design
Our curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision-making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve.
The impact of the scheme can be consistently monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives.
After the implementation of the scheme, our children should leave Warboys Primary Academy equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation in art and design.
The expected impact is that children will:
● Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
● Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
● Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.
● Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
● Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Art and design.
An evidence record will be kept of the children’s experiences and progress in Art and Design in the form of sketchbooks and photographs stored digitally. Using our progression of skills and knowledge document teachers are able to accurately assess the level of the children’s work. Attainment and progress is tracked using our whole school data programme (Insight).