The national curriculum for art and design 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
The school believes that art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum, as well as the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists. Our high-quality art and design curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge children, equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent, imagine and create works of art and craft.
Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.
The curriculum is designed to stimulate the children’s creativity and imagination through visual, tactile and sensory experiences. All pupils will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other craft and design techniques because the curriculum is crafted to be progressive in the acquisition of new and increasingly challenging skills in all areas.
Pupils are given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of famous painters, artists and craftspeople and the significance of their achievements and skill. This also enables links to other curriculum areas, including humanities, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
The school’s high quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.
Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The art curriculum at Eastfield Primary contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.