Art and Design Technology

Art and Design Curriculum Statement

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”

Georgia O’Keeffe


At Fairhaven Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of each child’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We aim to deliver a high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils and equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, we want them to be be able to think critically and develop a rigorous understanding of art and design. They should know how art and design reflects and has helped to  shape our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils: 

-produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their 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

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

Although art is taught as a discrete subject, links are made to other subjects to ensure enrichment activities. For example, art linked to poetry writing in English, exploring life in a different period in history or looking at digital art within computing lessons. 

We aim to give opportunities for pupils to experience art outside the classroom and/or work with professional artists. In the academic year 2022 /23 all pupils visited the Sainsbury Centre – Art Gallery and Museum and participated in an art workshop led by a professional artist. 
At Fairhaven Primary we use the planning and implementation materials from the Curriculum with Unity Schools Partnership (CUSP) for Art and Design for KS1 and KS2. Teaching is organised into blocks, with each block covering a particular set of artistic disciplines – drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, 3D and collage. Vertical progression in each discipline enables pupils to revisit key disciplines throughout their Primary journey at increasing degrees of challenge and complexity. 

Early Years – Expressive Arts and Design 
We feel it is important for children in EYFS to be given regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
-explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials

-respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects

-use different media and materials to express their own ideas

-explore colour and use for a particular purpose

-develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately

-select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

Key Stage 1
Pupils are taught:
-to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

-to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

-to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

-about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.     

Key Stage 2
Pupils are taught:
-to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design

-to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

-to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

-about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Our Art and Design curriculum is intellectually challenging, creatively demanding and is planned to demonstrate progression. The use of sketchbooks from KS1 enables children to explore ideas and practise skills and keep a record of their learning. 

At Fairhaven Primary we measure the impact of our Art and Design curriculum through the following methods:

-Observing children’s practical learning

-Effective dialogue between teacher and pupil – encouraging them to modify and refine their work

-Peer assessment (Austin’s Butterfly)

-Summative assessment to focus on both practical and theoretical knowledge

-Assessing children’s understanding of technical vocabulary before and after the unit is taught

-Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s sketch books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work

-celebration of work through displays both in school and within the community.

Children in EYFS are assessed within the Expressive Art & Design Early Learning Goal. 

By the time the children leave Fairhaven Primary School, we want them to have developed a passion for art and creativity, working both independently and collaboratively. They will have confidence to use a range of tools and techniques, apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout the years and be able to respond critically to their own and other’s work. 
Please click on the document below and scroll to view our two year Art & Design Curriculum Overview.