Templefield Lower School’s Art and design curriculum aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. We have designed a curriculum to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond. Our curriculum supports pupils to meet the National curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and has been written with clear skills progression across the key stages.
'Big Pictures' form a basis for our scheme of work, which enables cross-curricular links and provide a meaningful context. We also carefully designed our curriculum with three strands that run throughout.
Exploring and developing ideas
Making skills e.g drawing, painting, printing, collage and 3D form
Throughout our curriculum, these strands are revisited. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Our progression of skills shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.
Our curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and links to practical work. Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with both Key Stage 1 and 2 using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Creativity and independent outcomes are embedded into our units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whist still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.
The expected impact is that children will:
Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.
Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Art and design.
Templefield’s curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve. Pupils will leave us equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art and design learning at Upper Key Stage 2 and beyond.
Measurements of the impact will be monitored through pupil and staff voice, learning walks and planning moderations against the intended outcomes will be carried out alongside the evidence obtained through book looks. This will then be reflected upon and adaptations made where required.