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Art and Design Curriculum Statement

Art and Design

St Katherine’s Church of England Primary School



At St Katherine’s Church of England Primary School art and design forms an important part of the curriculum. We believe art and design education stimulates creativity and imagination whilst giving each child unique opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically, spiritually and socially; opening them up to a world of possibilities.


Our intent is to provide high quality art and design education that will “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” (National Curriculum). This will lead to long term learning and strengthening the mastery of art and design year on year.


At St Katherine’s we will meet all of the intentions in the National Curriculum and the EYFS Development Matters in a fun and engaging way which promotes success and the spiritual development in all of our children. In our school we celebrate diversity and will ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn by providing an environment, curriculum and resources that are accessible to all and will allow all children to reach their full potential and give them a lifelong love of the subject.


We will ensure that the National Curriculum for Art and Design is met by all pupils and that they:


· 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 the historical and cultural development of their art forms.



To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we have a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Children within the Foundation stage have continuous daily access to art and design resources both inside and outside, in line with the EYFS curriculum. Art and design is taught in KS1 and KS2 at different points throughout the year, either as an individual subject or incorporated into other curriculum lessons. We focus on the knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.


Teachers in KS1 and KS2 plan lessons for their class using a specialised scheme of work. Teachers can use this scheme as a basis to plan their art and design lessons, making sure they are suitable to the interests, topics and previous knowledge of their class. The scheme of work ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.


When teaching art and design, teachers will follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. They will embed our school vision and Christian values of love, friendship, trust, courage and koinonia through their teaching and the work that they do with the children. A variety of teaching approaches will be used to achieve this based on the teacher’s judgement. Assessment and feedback will be used to lead to long term learning and strengthening the understanding of art and design as children progress from year group to year group.


Children’s art and design work will be celebrated in class and in assemblies. Their work will be displayed in class and in displays throughout the school. At St Katherine’s Church of England Primary School, we provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning to take place inside and outside the classroom. Educational visits are another opportunity for teachers to plan for additional art and design learning outside the classroom.


Below you will find an overview of what the children will learn in each of the Key Stages.


In EYFS Foundation Stage the children will be given opportunities to explore different art and design materials and resources. They will learn how to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. They will have opportunities to experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function. They will be encouraged to talk about their creations and the techniques that they have used. Famous art work will be used as inspiration for their own master pieces.


In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to design and make products. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials such as clay to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will use technology to produce images. They will also learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. All children will use a sketchbook to record ideas and observations.


In Key Stage 2 the children will learn to improve their mastery of art and design techniques by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. They will experience using a wider range of materials. Children will use technology to produce images, patterns and decorative pieces of work. They will record their observations and ideas in sketchbooks and use them to review and evaluate improvements. They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.



Impact for children in the Foundation Stage is assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and progress is tracked by the class teacher. This is done through observation (process and product), listening to pupils and discussion with pupils, staff and parents or carers. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.


We measure the impact of our curriculum in KS1 and KS2 through ongoing assessments which take place throughout the year and at the end of each milestone. We will do this by checking children’s understanding of skills and vocabulary, pupil discussions about their learning, children’s practical learning in sketch books and by looking at their work (process and product). Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis by the art and design subject leader to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment. We will report standards across the curriculum at the end of the academic year to parents and carers.