Art – curriculum information

Intent

At Townville Infant and Nursery School, we aspire to offer the best possible early education for all our children in a happy, safe, inclusive environment.

Through our Art Curriculum we aim to ensure our Key Stage 1 children:

  • Develop as confident and keen artists, inspired to explore many ways to create their own works of art, craft and design using a range of artistic media and techniques.
  • Have the knowledge and understanding to make links to how art and design shape our history and our daily lives.
  • Gain knowledge of significant artists and works of art.
  • Reflect and use the knowledge they have gained of significant artists and pieces of art to describe, make links and evaluate the similarities and differences.
  • Become confident in using a range of media and artistic techniques and to explore their ideas and record their experiences.
  • Understand the value and importance of Art in our society and the wider world.

This builds upon the children’s prior knowledge gained through the foundation stage for Art where children:

  • Safely use and explore a variety of tools.
  • Learn to use a variety of materials and techniques to create what they design.
  • Experiment with colour and colour mixing.
  • Express their own ideas and feelings through their creations and explain how they have achieved them.
  • Look at other artists and say what they like and don’t like about their work.
  • Create portraits and then look at how to improve them.
  • Learn to draw with increased complexity and accuracy

Implementation

As creative and investigative learners’ children in EYFS are exposed to a range of expressive arts and given the opportunity to create freely expressing their own ideas and talking about the colours and materials they have used.

They are encouraged to mix colours together to create different ones when painting. They are also encouraged to share their creations with others and explain how they have created them.

In KS1, Art is taught through a 2-year rolling program designed to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the famous artists and their work and to develop as keen artists themselves. We follow the Curriculum Maestro Scheme for Art which is a carefully planned and sequenced curriculum. It provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group. The scheme supports all the knowledge and skills requirements of the National Curriculum but we also tailor the lessons to the needs of our children and the outcomes for each half term are carefully plotted out against the National Curriculum ensuring full coverage and progression. Children are taught an Art based topic every term.

Within each Art lesson, children are explicitly told that they are working as ‘Artists’ and are reminded of the key knowledge and skills they will learn, use and develop throughout their Art lessons. They are also introduced to specific key vocabulary which is reinforced during each lesson, giving the children ample opportunities to use this language and understand its meaning as they discuss their Art work and evaluate the work of famous Artists. Ongoing assessment of the children’s knowledge and skills is used by class teachers to ensure that any misconceptions are addressed, and next steps carefully planned for enabling each child to make progress.

Impact

As a result of our carefully sequenced, planned and taught Art curriculum, children will:

  • Develop as confident and keen artists, inspired to explore many ways to create their own works of art, craft and design using a range of artistic media and techniques.
  • Have the knowledge and understanding to make links to how art and design shape our history and our daily lives.
  • Gain knowledge of significant artists and works of art.
  • Reflect and use the knowledge they have gained of significant artists and pieces of art to describe, make links and evaluate the similarities and differences.
  • Become confident in using a range of media and artistic techniques and to explore their ideas and record their experiences.
  • Understand the value and importance of Art in our society and the wider world.

Townville children will meet the end of Key Stage 1 National curriculum outcomes and will have a strong foundation on which to build and further develop their creative, artistic skills and knowledge.

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