Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should 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 2014
At St Patrick's Catholic Primary our art and design curriculum aims to ensure 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 the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Our teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, ensuring a well-structured approach to the subject.
A long term plan is in place to ensure an engaging curriculum content. Vocabulary is taught in all units to ensure that art terminology is understood.
Lessons are taught in blocks on a termly bases and involve studying a significant artist and their existing pieces of art work, sketching aspects of these, with a focus on specific skills, before creating their very own ‘final piece’ based on the artist’s work. Children are exposed to a range of diverse artists throughout their time at school, where they can gain an understanding of their style and choose elements of their work to create their own unique piece.
Below is on outline of our curriculum offer in Art and design from EYFS to Year 6.
Creating with materials:
Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.
Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.
Key Stage 1
Year 1 – Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso and Andy Goldsworthy
Year 2 – Victor Ekpuk, Alberto Giacometti and Claude Monet
Key Stage 2
Year 3 – Nick Rowland, Banksy and Kehinde Wiley
Year 4 – Yayoi Kusama, Katsushika Hokusai and Alma Thomas
Year 5 – Vincent Van Gough, David Hockney and Frederick Catherwood
Year 6 – Henry Moore, Frida Kahlo and Roy Lichtenstein
Throughout each block of study, teachers carefully plan to assess the children’s work through constructive verbal feedback and next steps, with further opportunities to create the art piece, improving their work and ensuring skills are being developed. Evidence of the children’s work is collected in sketch books in KS1 and KS2. A sample of work is collected each year. Photographs of models, or larger 3D pieces are also kept within this book.
In each year group there is a Knowledge Organisers which shows skills progression. Teachers can use these to record the progress and attainment against the National curriculum expectations of attainment and the knowledge and skills progression document. Teachers can then use this information to inform future lessons.
A range of other activities take place across the year to measure the impact of learning in Art and Design including book looks, pupil interviews, staff meetings, annual reports to parents, learning walks and Questionnaires. Assessment data is collected once a year and is analysed by the art and design lead.
Children in EYFS are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked using the EYFS curriculum.