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Welcome to the Art and Design Page

"There is no must in art because art is free" - Wassily Kandinsky


Subject Philosophy

Intent (What skills and knowledge do we intend our children to gain?)

At St Peter’s Primary School, we value art as a subject, to inspire and develop our children’s creative thinking and to develop their cultural, spiritual and moral understanding. We encourage all our children at St Peter’s to express their thoughts and emotions in a safe and appropriate way. It is embedded in everything we do and art is a fantastic medium, which can support and empower our children to do this. We teach our children to be reflective of their work and respectful of others. Our school creates a safe space for our children to explore, experiment and take risks without the fear of getting it wrong which is the basic essence of what art is and this is what we offer to our children.

We take inspiration from the different artists that we study in different year groups, learning more about them and their style, which we then apply to our own work. We plan and teach sequenced art lessons based on skills, using a range of media and give the children opportunities to apply the skills learned in other areas of the curriculum, making the lessons relevant and meaningful. This year we are focusing on developing our drawing skills so that over time clear progression can be seen as the children build on their skills each year.

Implementation (How has the curriculum been developed, how is it taught and how is it assessed in order to support our children to build their knowledge and apply that knowledge to develop their artistic skills?)

At St Peter’s art is delivered through a topic based curriculum. Within a topic based approach the children’s skills are developed and built upon each year so that progression can be seen clearly across the school. All children are exposed to a range of media each year giving them the opportunity to explore, develop and embed their skills and understanding of that media, from our youngest children in Early Years to our eldest in Year 6. During each lesson, progress will be assessed in a range of ways. The children will be aware of the skills they are developing and will be able to look back on what they achieved before. Through self and peer evaluation, the children will discuss what they have done well and what they will need to continue to practise and develop in order to continue to improve their skills in that particular area. The teacher will also make suggestions and refer back to previous modelling to support the children. It is also incredibly important however, that our children feel empowered and open to making mistakes. In art there is no right or wrong as it is all a matter of interpretation. While drawing, for example, may not be a strong area for one pupil, they may find sculpture easier to grasp. It is this openness and acceptance that will allow our children to take risks in Art. It is when we take risks that our learning can truly flow and all our children can become great artists.


Impact (What outcomes will our children achieve as a result of the curriculum they have received?)

At the end of each year, the children will have been exposed to a wide variety of different media, giving them the opportunity to use it in different ways or for different purposes to develop a range of skills. This will build upon their prior knowledge of what they can do when using this media. Our lessons are accessible for all of our pupils and they become proud of what they can and will achieve. The children will be able to examine their earliest work in their sketchbooks and see the progress they have made as they move through school.

Each year, the children will begin to develop their own preferences of media and styles as they will have been exposed to them frequently throughout their time in school.

Our approach of being open and accepting of mistakes will have the dual purpose of helping to develop the children’s creativity within art and also extend to other areas of their lives. There are many key life skills that will be developed through our attitude to the teaching of art which will support our children as they move on from St Peter’s, such as respecting others and their work even if they don’t like it personally, or carrying on after something goes wrong or when things do not turn out how they planned. This resilience is a key skill that our children will need throughout their lives.

Art Club 2021-2022 - Check out our art club sessions for the next academic year below. Art Club will take place on a Monday after school from 3.20 pm until 4.20. pm.


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