Art Curriculum Statement
Our intent is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that allows them to develop as confident responsible citizens equipped with the skills that will allow them to be successful in our ever-changing world, both in the present and the future.
We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities (memorable experiences) to engage learners and develop their cultural capital which has been recognised as essential if children are to succeed.
We believe that our children should not only reach their best academically, but also develop a thirst for knowledge, foster a love of learning and leave our school with exceptional independent learning skills.
We are fully committed to developing each child's unique potential within a secure and caring environment.
We use our Captain Webb Values to promote positive attitudes to learning:
Our school believes that art is a vital part in children’s education as it can give children the opportunities to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
A high-quality art education – along with a considered sequence of lessons - will help to engage, excite and empower our children as well as equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own artwork and crafts. As pupils progress throughout our school, they will have a strong understanding of the key art elements (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D forms), to be able to effectively plan and create pieces of art and evaluate it. Children will also recognise how art has changed throughout the years as they are exposed to many artists and art movements.
The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities, as well as an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists. An example of this is in Year 1 where children take inspiration from well-known portrait artists such as Arcimboldo and also the work of modern artist Amy Sherald who is a black African-American artist. In Year 2, children take inspiration from cubism artist Paul Klee and African American artist Alma Thomas. Finally in Year 6, who look at sculpture and the work of Alberto Giacometti, also study the works of Richard Hunt who is an African American sculptor.
The teaching of art at Captain Webb Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and is also linked to class topics to ensure a well-structured approach. Knowledge and Skills that the children will develop, are effectively mapped out across each year group and are progressive throughout the school. Children are given the knowledge to help them understand the context of the artwork as well as the artist they are learning about. With this knowledge and the skills that follow they are able to take inspiration and produce individual pieces of artwork on their own Children are also given the chance to develop their artistic skills by being given opportunities to practise and master them. e.g. drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
Every year group at Captain Webb Primary School follows the same art journey:
Researching the key artist, skill or era
Testing mediums or methods
Our high-quality art curriculum is supported by a wide variety of art resources and mediums. These are used to help children experiment and develop confidence as they progress through the school
Captain Webb also sees the value of how the local and wider community can greatly support and enhance teaching of art throughout the school. An example of this is as part of Year 1’s ‘Home Under the Hammer’ theme they visit the local museum (Jackfield) where they work with clay to produce a clay tile. We have also made links with local colleges to engage the services of art students to work with specific year groups on chosen art mediums linked to their theme.
The structure of the art curriculum ensures that children are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from a range of times and cultures and apply this knowledge to their own work. Our curriculum is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Children learn to understand the key principles of art: line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, proportion and perspective. Children have the chance to refine their skills as they progress through year groups. This also supports children having age related expectations at the end of their year. Art is celebrated around the school with artwork being displayed throughout the school e.g. work displayed in classes, sculptures being displayed around the school.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
Images of the children’s practical learning.
Asking the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
Verbal feedback of work throughout the course of the lessons.
Assessments at the beginning and end of each art unit – focussing on the knowledge of the key skill and artist that will be studied