Curriculum  »  Art

Art Curriculum Cycle 1:
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Art is a medium that is accessible to all: children can engage with, be inspired by and be motivated to create works of art. Our Art curriculum has been developed to:

  • Challenge children’s knowledge and skills
  • Motivate children to experiment
  • Inspire children to invent and create their own works of Art, Craft and Design
  • Allow children to think critically about Art and Art History

Through the curriculum, children experience being ‘valued’ as an artist. Children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes, how to develop their artwork – acknowledging that all art is different, but all art is valued.

While through their Art History exploration, children will gain a deeper understanding of art, its relevance in history and how it helped form contemporary art, children also learn a range of skills in line with the National Curriculum: 3D Modelling, Clay/Pottery, Sketching, Collage, Painting and Textiles. Each strand builds on techniques from pervious lessons while also cementing new skills. By using multi-media in each project, children continually develop a range of artistic technical skills.

To help embed Art into our curriculum, we offer children the opportunity to gain an Arts Award, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry. Through the Arts Award, children have the opportunity to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities
  • experience arts events
  • develop creative and communication skills
  • explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world
  • gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment
                                                                               Mark Chadwick - Spin Painting 33

The curriculum is designed to allow each child the opportunity to earn an Arts Award before leaving in Year 6. The 'Discover' Arts Award is delivered in Lower Key Stage 2 and the 'Explore' Arts Award is delivered in Upper Key Stage 2. As a dedicated Arts Award Centre, we are proud to administer the Arts Award as part of our curriculum, embedding the Arts into school life to help create positive social and academic outcomes. 

Art is embedded in our school life. We celebrate the work created in our Art lessons and put an examplar of our children's work into our Art Gallery each half-term. The Art Gallery also features work that has been completed in Breakfast Club, Art History after-school clubs and lunch-time activities. Oakwell Rise Art Gallery is beside our IT Suite and parents/carers are welcome to peruse the artwork during Pride Awards. 

As part of our celebration, we also hold a half-termly Arts Assembly. Families are invited to attend this assembly to see the artwork created by each child during the course of the half-term. We have a range of artwork on display from clay sculptures to sketchbook exploration to 2D final pieces. We extend the invitation to all family members to help celebrate our Art work and Art culture.