GSO Test

Art & Design

Curriculum Intent (Vision)

At Manor Field, we value art and design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to stimulate the children’s curiosity and create rich learning environments, where children are encouraged to enhance their skills learning experiences through expression and exploration. A quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to think critically, as well as enabling them to reflect on how art and design shapes, and contributes to, our history and culture, and that of others. Art enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of visual elements such as colour, texture, form, pattern, line and shape. Our lessons are structured and sequenced in a way which allows children to demonstrate skills in a variety of ways, developing their curiosity and providing them with opportunities to adapt and evaluate their work.

We aim to ensure that, by the end of Key Stage 2, children are able to:

  • Use sketch books effectively to record their thought processes and first-hand experiences;
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques;
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works, using the language of art, craft and design.

Implementation of the curriculum

At Manor Field, our art and design curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, as well as other experiences and opportunities which best meet the needs of our children. Lessons are planned to enable progression and vocabulary is taught and modelled explicitly. An assessment document for each project is used alongside the progression document in order to ensure that adults make confident judgements.

Art and design is taught through our projects in order to engage and inspire our children. We give children a wide variety of high-quality art experiences, using a range of media for drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, collage, textiles and digital art which engage and challenge them. Throughout the key stage, the children are provided with opportunities to study a range of works by famous artists and craft makers; they are encouraged to respond creatively and critically evaluate their own work, as well as the work of others.

Art is displayed and celebrated around school – children are encouraged to see themselves as ‘artists’, who feel confident to take risks and adapt their ideas and skills. Learning is adapted to meet the needs of all children in order to support and scaffold where needed or, stretch and challenge. Both inside and outside of the classroom, new skills and techniques are modelled effectively by class teachers.

Impact of our curriculum

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 effective use of 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.
School displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and the school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art, demonstrating the subject’s high status in the school.

Art and Design Topic Overview

Art and Design Progression of Skills