The Art Curriculum at Woolaston Primary
At Woolaston School, we believe in the importance of children becoming confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing, clay and patterns. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers reflecting cultural diversity and to be globally aware of different art forms. Children will also develop their interest and curiosity about art through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development and give opportunities for exploring the school values. Children are encouraged to push themselves to be resilient individuals and trying out their ideas before they are finalised.
Children will learn Art and Design following the professionally designed scheme of learning from Kapow. In which are four main strands that run throughout:
These four strands are revisited in every unit. In ‘arts and design’ and ‘formal elements of art’, pupils have the opportunity to practise skills discretely. The knowledge and skills are then applied throughout the other units. Key skills are revisited again and again, increasing in complexity using a spiral curriculum model, allowing the children to build on previous knowledge.
Our curriculum overview shows which units cover each of the National Curriculum attainment targets
Our progression of skills shows the skills that are taught in each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.
Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly planned into each unit, supporting the children in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst being knowledge-rich, are unique to the child and personal. Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with Key Stage 2 pupils using sketch books to document their ideas.
When children are ready to leave Woolaston Primary school to continue their education, they should be equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art and Design learning in Key Stage 3 and beyond.
The impact can be monitored both through formative and summative assessment opportunities, with each unit having a defined expected outcome.
The expected impact will be that children: