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The subject of art embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works. 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 reflects and shapes our history, contributing to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Art is inclusive and we believe that all pupils benefit from developing an understanding of Art, along with their own skills in this area. All pupils will work in sketch books to record their observations encouraging them to review and revisit their ideas. Pupils will be exposed to a range of artists which is not limited to the “most famous”, along with art from a variety of different cultures, races, genders, time periods and styles. The evaluation of art, both their own and artists work will be imbedded throughout the Art curriculum teaching the skills of analysis and justification and encouraging pupils to explain their understanding. 

The Art curriculum has been broken down in to the key components of: Drawing, Colour, Pattern, Texture, Form and Printing. Progression across each individual area has been mapped from Year 3 to Year 6 to ensure pupils are able to build on their existing skills and knowledge. Using specific vocabulary and referring to this will build up the understanding and confidence of pupil’s skills in this area. See example of progression below.


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Where relevant, each year groups curriculum has been planned around the topic pupils are studying and ensures that pupils identify key features of artists work and artistic periods, analyse art work and apply and interpret their findings to their own work. Vocabulary that needs to be taught throughout the curriculum is specified at each stage of their learning journey so that pupils become familiar with it. Sketchbooks will provide opportunity to review, reflect and evaluate work throughout the course of the art topic studied.

The teaching of the Art curriculum will be assessed throughout the progression of lessons, ensuring that knowledge and skills are built on and readdressed as needed. At the end of each unit children are assessed against an overarching question based on their learning using a variety of supported strategies to review their understanding and application of skill. This will enable accurate assessments to be made throughout the course of the year.

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