Wickham Market Primary School
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
At Wickham Market Primary School we believe that Art contributes to the holistic development of the child and forms part of the broad and balanced curriculum.
Art enables children to develop their imagination and creativity and provides opportunities to explore, understand and respond to the world around them through visual, tactile and sensory experiences. Our intent is to build an art curriculum which develops children as artists and results in the progressive acquisition of a range of skills and techniques, knowledge and understanding. We aim for children to enjoy Art & Design and develop increasing confidence in their ability to communicate what they feel and think within their own work and also by learning about and observing the work of different artists, craftsmen and designers throughout history and across different cultures.
At Wickham Market Primary School we use the Kapow scheme of work to help us plan our lessons. It is designed with four strands that run throughout. These are:
- Generating ideas
- Using sketchbooks
- Makings skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
- Knowledge of artists
- Evaluating and analysing
Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the national curriculum, are also woven throughout units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Units in each year group are organised into four core areas:
- Painting and mixed-media
- Sculpture and 3D
- Craft and design
Our Progression of skills and knowledge 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. It also shows how knowledge builds in the formal elements of Art.
Pupils from Wickham Market Primary should leave school equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art and design learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
The expected impact of work 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.