Art and Design

Intent Implementation Impact

At Cowley St Laurence CE Primary School our Art and Design curriculum is underpinned by the 3 core principles from our curriculum vision: Knowledge, Curiosity, Success

Knowledge: We use the National Curriculum guidelines to develop a rich, challenging and exciting Art and Design curriculum where children can build upon and make connections in their knowledge, with purposeful outcomes.

Curiosity: Our Art and Design curriculum is immersive, providing a clear context for learning and encouraging children’s curiosity and love of learning.

Success: The aim of the Art and Design curriculum is to meet the needs of all learners, challenging them and enabling them to make progress and succeed from their starting points and in their future adult lives.

Our Art and Design curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide spectrum of different types of art in our society. Art contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. Moreover, it enables pupils to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them and therefore links strongly to our school values. The focus is in developing proficiency within the three core subjects of Art: Drawing, painting and sculpting, with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design.

We aim for all children to reach their artistic potential and develop characteristics that support their journey in becoming great artists. Our artists will: 

  • be exposed to engaging, inspiring and challenging lessons, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design;
  • while progressing through school, children should begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design;
  • understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation;
  • 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.

At Cowley St Laurence CE Primary School, our Art and Design curriculum and teaching intentions are implemented in the following ways:

We teach a skills-based Art and Design curriculum, which allows children to express their creative imagination as well as providing them with opportunities to practice and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. This is supported through the studying of key artists and the development of a knowledge of their work.

Lessons are taught on a half termly basis, following our Art’s Frame Work of Learning in which lessons progress through the four progressive objectives: generate ideas, making, knowledge, evaluating.

The content of art lessons are meaningful to pupils and enriches work in other areas across the curriculum. The children will then be given constructive feedback and next steps, with further opportunities to create the art piece, to improve their work and ensure that the skills are being developed. The evidence of their work is collected within student’s art sketchbooks, which follows the children through the school. Sketchbooks contain experimentation of skills, photographs and reflections, showing ideas and development rather than final art pieces, which are displayed throughout school. Editing and improving are an essential part of the learning process and mistakes are used to plan for the next step.

Our Art and Design curriculum has high aspirations for all pupils, irrespective of background or starting point.

Our Art and Design Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression in skills. Emphasis is placed on investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge of understanding of each unit of work covered throughout the school. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
  • assessment is an ongoing monitoring of understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons;
  • assessment is used to inform differentiation, support and challenge;
  • development of their physical skills will be evaluated against key performance indicators linked to the Art Progression Document in the following areas: drawing, colour, printing, form, texture, pattern, digital media and inspiration from the greats;
  • celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
  • pupil discussion and evaluation of learning, including analytical writing of thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work;
  • moderation of pupil’s books and an opportunity for dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work and judgements.
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