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Art and Design

What is the intent of our art and design curriculum?

Our ambitious, knowledge-rich curriculum has been sequenced to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills to ensure they are happy, healthy global citizens, ready to take their place in modern Britain. The broad and balanced curriculum is creative, coherent and inclusive and, together with our Christian values, enables the pupils to be self-motivated, independent learners.

At John Keble school, we aim to provide all pupils with a varied, exciting and stimulating art education which allows pupils to express themselves visually and develop their confidence in all aspects of the subject. We aim to provide a high-quality art and design education to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

As pupils progress, they develop their ability to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Pupils learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Through the knowledge, methods and techniques used by artists studied throughout the global world, pupils should be able to understand, use and adapt a whole variety of art and design processes to develop their own artwork and create personal outcomes in creative and meaningful ways.

How do we implement our art and design curriculum? 

Throughout their time at John Keble Primary School, pupils are given a range of opportunities to explore a wide variety of materials and techniques, developing their skills and thinking as young artists. We use the ‘National Curriculum’ and ‘Oak Academy’ scheme of work to form the basis of our art and design curriculum. The curriculum is progressive and so allows pupils to build on skills, knowledge and techniques year-on-year. Various media types are explored within each unit to give the widest possible range of experiences for all pupils. The materials and media used are revisited throughout units and year groups to ensure progression of skills previously developed. Each of our pupils possesses a sketchbook in which they foster their sense of creativity and use these to record ideas and develop and apply the skills they have learnt to create art. Our pupils are encouraged to regularly evaluate and critique their work as well as their peers work through an artistic lens. Every child is given the opportunity to explore their creativity through drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and digital art.

What is the impact of our art and design curriculum?

Through following a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum, it is expected that teaching and learning of art will show progression across all key stages within the strands of art and design. Subsequently, more pupils will achieve age-related expectations in art at the end of their cohort year and Key Stage. It is our aim that pupils will retain the knowledge and skills taught within each unit of work, remember these and understand how to use and apply these in their own art work, whilst beginning to understand what being an ‘artist’ means. By the time our pupils leave John Keble school, they will have developed a passion for art and creativity, working both independently and collaboratively. They will have grown in confidence when using a range of tools and techniques, becoming artists that can apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout the years and responding critically to their own and other’s work.

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