Art Curriculum Intent

At Hale Academy we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art provides children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, curiosity, thoughts and ideas. Art lessons should engage, inspire and challenge our pupils to develop and revisit their skills and shows levels of progression whilst allowing them to explore, create and invent using their prior knowledge and skills. Art should allow children to reflect and understand its impact in cultures and shape our history and future.

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.

Art Curriculum Implementation

Our art curriculum is based on the National curriculum ensuring a structured approach that will show progression of skills across all key stages within the strands of Art. 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 children are given an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration.  Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media and manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension. Because the children will have access to key knowledge, language and meanings, they will be able to apply this to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum. Teaching should plan for a final piece of artwork to be produced/displayed and shared at the end of each topic. There will be, where applicable, links to develop the children’s learning experiences, which could take the form of workshops or be linked to a wider cross-curricular projects and learning. We provide opportunities for our children’s work to displayed in the community, and for children to visit galleries and see forms of artwork on visits to galleries.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

Birth to 5 matters 2021

Expressive Arts and Design Children and adults have the right to participate in arts and culture. Expression conveys both thinking (ideas) and feeling (emotion). Children use a variety of ways to express and communicate, through music, movement and a wide range of materials. Creative thinking involves original responses, not just copying or imitating existing artworks. Expressive Arts and Design fosters imagination, curiosity, creativity, cognition, critical thinking and experimentation and provides opportunities to improvise, collaborate, interact and engage in sustained shared thinking. It requires time, space and opportunities to re-visit and reflect on experiences. Multi-sensory, first-hand experiences help children to connect and enquire about the world. Appreciating diversity and multiple perspectives enriches ways of thinking, being, and understanding. Skills are learned in the process of meaning-making, not in isolation

ELG: Expressive Arts and Design: creating with materials

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture and form and function:
  • Share their creation, explaining the process they have used:
  • Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories

Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  1. to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2. to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3. to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4. about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

  1. to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2. to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  3. about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Art Curriculum Impact

For children to use a variety of mediums and skills to create pieces of art works that they are proud of. They are able to capture, feelings emotions and use a variety of art forms to express themselves. We want children to use art to create for a sense of purpose that allows them to use their imaginations and explore their ideas. We believe that art forms allow for children to be reflective, adapt and make changes to their learning in a safe environment allowing all children to succeed. They can use art to support and develop their well being and explore their skills.

Subject Progression Map

Subject progression maps can be found here

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