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Art KS1


Warren Mead Infant and Junior Partnership 2020-21

Curriculum Intent


Subject: Art and Design

Subject Leaders: Claire Simpson (Infant School) Toby Bullock (Junior School)


Curriculum Intent  (what is the purpose of this subject)

At Warren Mead we believe that art and design is an important part of the wider curriculum. High quality art lessons allow all children to develop imaginative and creative thinking skills, to be immersed in the wider world and different cultures as well as developing a greater understanding of their own British culture and history of which they are now an important part. Art and design allow us all to experience awe and wonder and to question and reflect upon our own ideas and that of others prompting empathy. It also allows children to develop their own understanding of emotions and those of others and gives children a safe environment in which to explore these.  Art and design give children self-confidence and resilience through sketchbook work that allows practise and being resourceful finding different ways and techniques to create their work. Our art curriculum both challenges and inspires children while also equipping them with the skills and techniques needed to experiment, craft and innovate. As pupils progress from EYFS to KS2 our curriculum promotes deeper understanding and evaluation of artists and work created.   Over the course of KS1 and KS2 pupils develop their skills as drawers, painters and sculptors. This provides pupils with the essential skill set they need as they transfer to KS3 and continue their art education journey. 

Curriculum Implementation (how is the subject structured/sequenced)

To ensure a high standard of teaching and learning at Warren Mead we implement a progressive curriculum that builds upon children’s skills and knowledge. Art is planned to use the Core Knowledge curriculum as the basis and focus is upon investigating, practising and mastering new skills and techniques as well as developing critical thinking about artists' work. Lessons are designed in line with meeting expectations sets out in the 2014 National Curriculum. The school's progression of skills document and pupil asset statements are used to help assess the children's learning.  Lessons are planned so that they are focused on developing skills and techniques as well as building knowledge of artists and cultures and historical setting for artwork. As well as termly based learning, we also provide an enrichment week each year based around either an artist of theme from art and design, this allows children to work on art for longer periods, to develop skills with a wider range of media and materials and to involve adults and artists to work alongside the children too.  

At Warren Mead, Art is taught by class teachers and we recognise that we have children of differing artistic abilities.  We support development of each child through using assessment data and in class this is achieved by:  

  • modelling of skills and techniques and modelling use of appropriate vocabulary in context.

  • setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses

          using a teaching model where all responses are welcome, encouraging pupils working at different levels to participate in the lesson.

Pedagogy: (what is the teaching approach taken)

Each unit of art planning will be broken down into three stages, information and imitation, skills and technique teaching and experimentation and finally innovation and evaluation. 

  1.  Information and imitation:  We always start with the work of a well-known and established artist.  The start of an art topic is always about exploring responses to the art made by the artist, evaluating techniques used, asking questions, learning facts about the artists, often through stories and books and imitating work by the artist. 

  2. Skills and techniques: in this part of the learning we look at the skills that the artist used to create their work and then we teach through demonstration how that is achieved.  Children are given time with their sketch books to learn to apply and master these. 

  3. Innovation and evaluation: Children plan and carry out their own piece of artwork and evaluate the outcomes reflecting upon their learning journey and skills learned and applied. 

This allows children to have some freedom of innovation and experimentation within a topic whilst allowing new skills to be developed.  At the end children produce a high standard piece of work that is valued and displayed and discussed in a support manner to move learning forward.  Each piece of work will be unique to the child. This structure also provides ongoing CPD for all adults within the school environment and ensures that children are given the skills needed for development even if an adult is not an artist.

Evaluation: (how will outcomes be measures for your subject)

At warren Mead sketchbooks have a critical role to play in the development and assessment of children’s art skills.  They are an important space to create critical thinking and enquiry skills and support creative and emotional development. They are a safe space for trying out new ideas and overcoming being cautious.  They become a space for personal discovery as children choose and try different resources and techniques. Our sketchbooks allow children to develop and share ideas, experiences and imagination, to develop techniques and study a range of artists. They support and build a creative curiosity within our pupils. 

The consistent outcomes that are seen across year groups in displays and arts week show that this is having a positive impact on learning and raising standards. The use of sketchbooks reflects the growing confidence within art to use critical thinking and reflection upon learning so that affect self-evaluation can take place.

Impact of Curriculum (what are the outcomes of your subject)

We achieve a high standard of work across all year groups in our Art and design, as seen in the art exhibition at the end of arts week and in school displays.  Clear progression can be charted, and children build upon skills and knowledge from one year to the next. Sketch book moderation also shows that children can critically review work of artists as well as their own, that they understand that art carries messages often and that they can respond to these and create similar in their work. 



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