At St Wulstan’s Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.
Our Art curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. The curriculum has appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore and investigate, create and evaluate artwork as set out in the National Curriculum and so will enable the children to reach and exceed their potential. All children from Year 1 to Year 6 have a sketch book to record their skills practise and develop their ideas. The art long term plan is separated in to six keys areas: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, print and artist studies. Within each area, there is a clear progression of skills. Each term, every class takes part in at least one art project and one artist study.
In Key Stage One your child will learn:
- to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences
- similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
In Key Stage Two your child will learn:
- to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- 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]
- about great artists, architects and designers in history.
We try to link art projects and artists to the humanities topics being studied where possible, in order to create a context for learning. Our Creative Fridays allow us to deliver longer art sessions, which ensure that children build momentum for their work. We have a clear progression of skills ladder, which ensures that previously taught skills are built upon. Out long term plan sets out the projects that are taught, alongside the artists that they will gain knowledge about.
Children's work is recorded in topic books, sketch books and on display. The Art curriculum at St Wulstan's contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. By the end of their time at our school, children will will be able to talk about a range of artists and their work, and will be confident to create unique pieces and experiment with a range of media.
Take a look at some of the super artwork that we have been creating this year so far...