Art & DT
Art & DT Intent, Implementation and Impact
At St Georges, we want our children to love creative arts! We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and to grow up wanting to be illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, curators, architects or printmakers. Our Creative Arts curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should gain a deeper understanding of how Art and Design reflects and shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the Art and Design National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We want our children to use the local area as inspiration, to learn from other cultures and to respect diversity. To that end, we have carefully selected a wide range of unique and diverse artists, craft makers and designers for children to study. As a Christian school, our creative arts curriculum is underpinned by theological questions and Bible references offering insight into the subject.
At St Georges, we aim for children to acquire a range of different creative skills, under drawing, painting and mixed media, that develop each year as children progress through the school. This begins in EYFS. We want them to use their imaginations and experiences to produce creative work. They will develop their powers of observation, and develop the ability to communicate their thoughts, opinions and feelings about their own work and that of others’. They will use their analytical skills to respond knowledgably to the work of other artists, knowing that there are different kinds of art made for different purposes. Children should also have opportunities to learn about the world in which we live, understanding that art plays a key role in the fabric of our society. Above all, we aim for children to work towards achieving a greater sense of identity and belonging through the arts.
Art and DT are taught in every year group and we follow Access Art for our scheme of work. Every child has a knowledge organiser at the front of their sketchbooks. These knowledge organisers allow children to refer back to key vocabulary when needed, giving them an insight towards what each module will be about. Each child has a sketchbook. We give the child ownership of their sketchbook in order to foster their sense of creativity. Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas and develop opinions. Every child is given the opportunity to learn the key skills through the exploration of artists, makers, designers and their work. Teachers follow a clear progression of skills which ensures all pupils are challenged in line with their year group expectations and are given the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge. Opportunities for children to visit local art galleries and museums are planned for, as well as visits from local artists, extending creativity beyond the school walls. Cross-curricular links are promoted to allow all children to deepen their understanding across all areas of the curriculum. Opportunities to reflect and develop, and self and peer-assessment are planned into each unit of study in KS1 and KS2. To support teaching, staff access a range of CPD, resources and planning, ensuring high levels of teaching, confidence and knowledge are maintained. Our Foundation Subject Assessment Tracker allows us to use data to inform future practice.
The impact of our Art & DT teaching on our children is to:
- achieve high quality outcomes
- make outstanding progress in relation to each child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills.
- be self-expressive, through understanding of their own experiences and behaviours, and make links with the world around them.
- produce work that they can talk about in relation to their learning and be proud of.
- develop future artists and their appreciation of the art around them.
You can find the Art & DT Primary National Curriculum here
You can find our curriculum here
You can find Access Art here
Our Art & DT Curriculum