Art

Curriculum Intent

At Istead Rise Primary School we strive to offer all children opportunities to explore and develop their own creative ideas. We provide them with a carefully considered art and design curriculum throughout their time in school. Children will become confident artists, who are able to express themselves through various mediums, thanks to a rigorous curriculum progression plan that the school has developed to ensure pupils build upon skills year after year. By the time they leave us in year 6, they will have developed a range of artistic skills and learnt about various artists from art history. This will enable them to move through secondary school and beyond with an understanding of what it means to both create and appreciate art.

We recognise the importance of art education within our school and for this reason art lessons are inclusive of all children regardless of ability thanks to a wide range and depth of creative genres and subject matter to inspire all interests, as well as high quality art teaching and learning thanks to careful teacher planning and accessible work, by broadening the children's cultural horizons in this way we hope to instil them with the awareness to express ideas and feelings that promote wellbeing and confidence.

Curriculum Implementation

Teachers provide inspiring art lessons based on the National Curriculum aims and requirements for all children. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis and follow a sequence of learning which starts from looking at examples of artwork by artists, to developing their own ideas and finally creating and evaluating their own work. We aim for every child to become both an independent and self-reflective artist in their own right by offering them both teacher guidance and artistic freedom during lessons to explore different materials and through exposure to different types of art such as sculpture, painting and drawing.

Within the framework of art lessons we want to allow the children to to discover and explore transferable life skills in a stimulating way and to experience as many different areas of their creativity as possible, to facilitate this some lessons will involve painting or drawing outside so that the children get an immersive sense of how artists in history gained inspiration from their environment, the children will also get the opportunity to explore areas of photography. Children’s work is recorded in, but not limited to, sketchbooks. It also takes the form of modelling, larger drawings, paintings or sculpture. By providing the materials and inspiration we help children to understand their own creativity and encourage them to share their ideas and work with others in class and during whole school art experiences.