“Through art, pupils demonstrate creativity and aspiration in their planning and research of inspiring artists, show resilience during the development of new skills and empathy and respect when evaluating others and their own work.”
At Barlby Bridge School, the creativity of the art and design curriculum is held in high regard. This is seen through the high standard of work on produced by pupils which is displayed in various forms. Art provides pupils with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide spectrum of different types of art and links within our own curriculum. Art contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement, and self-reflection.
Our Art and Design curriculum enables pupils to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them and links strongly to our school values.
Continuity and Progression
The Art Curriculum is firmly based on the National Curriculum. Across both Key Stages children experience key skills in the six main areas of art (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Textiles, and 3D) across all phases. Art teaching within our school maximises the use of a ‘Creative, cross-curricular’ approach, and all Art units are linked to each phase’s termly topics.
EYFS: Children access a range of materials and techniques. Creativity is key – children are encouraged to grow their own individuality and discuss their decisions through open questioning.
Key Stage 1: Children are taught about a range of artists where they can them explore a variety of techniques used by these artists which promotes them to share ideas about drawings, paintings and sculptures as well as use their own experiences and ideas as inspirations for artwork.
Key Stage 2: Children learn about great artists in history where they improve mastery of techniques. They also develop and share ideas in sketchbooks and finished products. Children’s experiences influence their inspiration for artwork and they are exposed where possible to cross-curricular links.
At Barlby Bridge Community Primary School our art teaching offers opportunities to:
- Engage, inspire, and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.
- Encourage critical thinking skills and develop a more developed understanding of art and design. Pupils should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity, and wealth of our nation through a cross curricular approach.
- Develop understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual concepts of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing an accessible and engaging curriculum.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum ensures a well-structured and cross curricular approach to this creative subject. At Barlby Bridge, the teaching of art provides a creative outlet in which to explore and allow pupils to find new ways of expressing themselves and develop belief in themselves as artists. In addition, our art and design curriculum allows pupils to:
- Show their creative imagination as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture.
- The opportunity to study a range of key artists, and cultural art from different points in history.
- Regularly work in sketch books creating learning pathways which begin with researching inspiring artists or cultural art and learning and developing skills in sketch books which build to a final outcome.
- Art is monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of session and book monitoring, looking at outcomes and pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching taking place.
- At the end of their time at BBS children will have secure substantive and disciplinary knowledge to equip them on their next academic steps. They will be able to apply skills and processes specified in the relevant National Curriculum programmes of study.