Art and Design

Subject Lead: Mrs. Hoyte

Within the curriculum, art and design has been formulated to captivate pupils and provide them with the ability to be expressive, in ways which other subjects may not permit. Pupils are taught to acquire and apply many transferable skills. They are able to experiment as well as collaborate, which then propels them to form a new way of communicating through problem solving skills, self-discovery and discipline. Art and Design allows pupils to have an appreciation for creativity through the use of different mediums, tools and systems. Our vast culture and history is widely reflected through inspiration and imagination, therefore encouraging pupils to understand themselves and the world in a wider context. 

Curriculum Intent - This is what we want the children to learn.

Holy Trinity CE Primary School believes that Art and Design is a vital part of our pupils’ education. The significance and value of this subject within the wider curriculum, instigates personal growth and challenges preconceived constructions. Studying this subject equips pupils with the knowledge, maturity and skills needed to have a voice and celebrate diversity.

The Art and Design curriculum develops pupils’ purposeful use of artistic skills, processes, and experiences as educational tools. Sequences of lessons and experiences help them to develop their understanding of artists’ visual language, and offers a variety of enrichment opportunities, which supports them in navigating life in a unique and profitable way. By providing a meaningful and relevant curriculum in Art and Design, pupils are able to develop more self-awareness and flourish while reaching their unrealised potential.

Curriculum Implementation - This is how we will do it.

As a school body, Holy Trinity aspires to continue to propel its pupils to live in fullness and grasp the concept of Art and Design in an individual and dynamic fashion. To converge these aspirations, a small assortment of programmes, schemes and resources are frequently used.

The Cornerstones Curriculum recognises and explores works by various artists and challenges pupils from Year 1, through to Year 6. Alongside this curriculum, Kagan style questioning is used to improve and develop social skills and build increased and sustained interest in classroom interaction.

Through the use of Rosenshine’s 10 Principles of Instruction within this subject, an array of small measurable steps are taken, to ensure that there is a quantifiable cognitive load. The use of small steps and questioning often gauges students’ comprehension accurately. This in turn, allows them to manifest belief in their artistic ability and uncover more within the subject without fear of comparison.

Additionally, SEND students benefit greatly from the programmes and schemes, as the lesson permits much more room for creativity and exploration through moral support. They are able to find strength in their difference which gives them the confidence to be a beacon of light in and out of the classroom.

Curriculum Impact - This is how we measure it.

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. The consistent use of children’s sketchbooks means that children are able to review, modify and develop their initial ideas in order to achieve high quality outcomes. Children learn to understand and apply the key principles of art: line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion and perspective. The opportunity for children to refine and develop their techniques over time is supported by effective lesson sequencing and progression between year groups. This also supports children in achieving age related expectations at the end of their cohort year.

Displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school. The Art curriculum contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.

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Holy Trinity C. of E. Primary School
Trinity Road, Gravesend, Kent,
DA12 1LU

01474 534746