The Art and Design Curriculum
Our art and design curriculum is enquiry based, fully inclusive and meets the needs of all learners, starting from building strong foundations in our EYFS, supporting and challenging them on their journey to being secondary ready, and ultimately ensuring that they are equipped with the cultural capital, skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.
Meet our Art and Design Coordinator
Mrs G Hodgson
Our vision for art and design is to stimulate creativity, imagination and inventiveness. We believe that art and design gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences. It fires their imagination.
We believe “Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake
We believe that a broad and balanced art and design education is the entitlement of all pupils, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. It is our vision that all pupils during their journey will display the essential characteristics of artists:
- The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality
- The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form
- The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination
- The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media
- An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers
- The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings
- Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity
- The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalize on the unexpected
- The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others
- A passion for and a commitment to the subject.
From the beginnings of art and design teaching in our EYFS, we endeavor to instill a sense of creativity in our pupils, allowing their understanding to develop through organised play in a creative area. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
The teaching of art and design at Biggin Hill Primary Academy is carefully designed, planned and implemented to ensure that all pupils are challenged to fulfil their potential. Art and design lessons are rich in resources, vocabulary, questioning and content enabling them to develop mastery of the aims of the National Curriculum. Weekly art and design lessons are further enhanced by our annual subject specific focus weeks when the whole week is dedicated to art and design to develop ideas, master techniques and to take inspiration from the greats (classic and modern).
Wherever possible subjects are incorporated through a thematic approach which ensures children are thoroughly engaged and enriched. However, there are occasions when subjects are taught discretely in order to give depth and breadth to the curriculum area.
Art and Design National Curriculum Aims
In line with the Art and Design Programmes of Study KS1 and KS2 the school 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 art and design curriculum is assessed against the following essential learning objectives:
- To develop ideas
- To master techniques
- To take inspiration from the greats
The impact of the art and design curriculum is measured through regular book scrutinies, subject specific learning walks, teacher and pupil discussions and data analysis. The school leadership team, subject leaders and governors relentlessly drive the art and design curriculum forward and monitor it vigorously.
Art Skills Progression