Art curriculum

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The aim is to ensure that our pupils develop their skills in observation, learning to appreciate the visual world around them and celebrate their cultures through art. We strongly believe that children should have the opportunity to invent and create using an array of different techniques, such as painting, sketching, modelling, weaving and printing.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. At Barclay Primary School, our high-quality art and design education is engaging, inspiring and challenging, equipping our students with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design

As pupils progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They are also taught to understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

At Barclay Primary School, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

•  are given the opportunity to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. 

•  become equipped with the skills to be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

•  develop the skills to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design confidently.

• know about great artists, craft-makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 

During Key Stage 1, pupils at Barclay begin to develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. They begin to understand colour, shape, space, pattern and texture, and use them to represent their ideas and feelings. 

Progression into Key Stage 2 ensures that pupils develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities. These help to build on their skills and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. They increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures. They become more confident in using visual and tactile elements, and materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.

Please see the curriculum map for a breakdown of the units taught in each year group.