At Millfields Primary School, the intent of our art and design curriculum is to inspire all children to think creatively and develop their knowledge of artists, artistic styles, media and techniques. We believe that art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum. The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and 3D form) will be developed by providing a progressive curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.
At Millfields Primary School, the skills and knowledge of artistic techniques that children will develop are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The children will learn about, and be inspired by, the work of artists, craft makers, architects and designers associated with the technique they are focused on. This will enable them to create both influenced and original artwork. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork. This enables links to other curriculum areas with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
Our art and design curriculum will lead pupils to achieve and become enthusiastic artists and designers. Progress is evidenced in a range of ways, including through pupil voice, their final pieces, sketchbooks, which demonstrate progression and include thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work, and art and design End Points. Classroom displays are used to celebrate the children’s achievements in art and display key vocabulary and the work of notable artists being studied.