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Earlsfield Primary School

Art

At Earlsfield we are fortunate enough to have a dedicated art teacher (Miss Ockwell) who works three days a week. This means that the children receive specialist teaching.

As stated in the National Curriculum for Art and Design, our bespoke Earlsfield art curriculum sets out to ‘engage, inspire and challenge’ our pupils. Children are taught the knowledge, skills and techniques that enable them to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Our pupil’s Topic learning is enhanced through our thematically linked art curriculum and this allows children to make meaningful connections across curriculum areas. They are exposed to a range of art and design techniques, spanning genres and styles including culturally and ethnically diverse artwork and artists.

 Progression in skills and techniques is in-built and all children are given opportunities to confidently develop at their own pace as they gain a visual language with which to express their ideas and experiences. In our well-resourced art studio, the children experience working like real artists.

 Pupils are encouraged to engage with and critique the art of others as well as their own and they are supported in using key art terms and language. We help children gain confidence with sharing their opinions about artwork, in school and in real world settings. Children learn about the role of art and creativity in our society and understand that art plays an important role in our history and the wealth of our nation.

Our curriculum

Art at Earlsfield is linked to our topic approach. Each topic has a knowledge organiser to support the children's learning . Have a look at our exciting topics!

Autumn Term

Our knowledge organisers outline the key facts for our topics. Please note that many are in the form of a question but the ? cannot be represented on a saved PDF file!

How is Art taught?

Children visit the Art Studio once a week and are taught by a specialist art teacher. Each child has a sketchbook that moves up through the year groups with them; an excellent way to see each child’s art journey from Year 1 – Year 6.

 Each project in art links to the relevant Topic theme for that term and is taught during the same term as that Topic.

 Each art scheme of work has one or more key artwork(s) that the children discuss and learn about. As they move further up the school they use mind mapping and annotation to write about art. The key artworks include a range of genres, styles and culturally and ethnically diverse artwork and artists. The key artworks inspire the children’s practical work, through the concept, medium or subject matter.

All schemes of work include one or more skill such as; drawing, painting, collage, sculpture or printing. Progress in these skills is built in across all year groups and skills and media are often revisited as the children move up the school.

Children produce work in their sketchbooks where they explore and experiment with skills and techniques, develop and plan their ideas and respond to the work of other artists and crafts people. They produce outcomes that go on display around the school.

Opportunities for assessment are varied in the Art Studio, children are encouraged to regularly self, and peer assess their work. They are provided with verbal teacher feedback during their art lessons, which aids their progression against the skills and knowledge within the curriculum for each key stage. At the end of each project, there is opportunity for self-reflection in order to demonstrate what they have learnt.

What would you expect to see in an Art lesson at Earlsfield?

  • Children using art materials, techniques and skills OR discussing and sharing their opinions about art (theirs or others)
  • Children moving around the Art Studio independently and showing ownership over the space through care and respect for their environment
  • Children reviewing and refining their work with self and or peer assessment and teacher feedback
  • Children using their own ideas, experiences and research to create art
  • Children demonstrating their confidence, resilience and security by taking risks, problem solving and being curious

What  do pupils tell us about Art?

 How do you know when you have made progress in art (referring to the no marking in sketchbooks approach)?

‘When I feel proud and when friend and teachers compliment my work’

‘I feel confidence and creative’

‘I know because I look back at my old pieces of work and compare them’

How has having an Art Studio and special art lessons changed art for you?

‘It’s making me feel like an actual artist. I always look forward to my lessons’

‘It has inspired me to do more art, even at home’

‘Art makes me feel free and my imagination has grown’

‘The Art Studio is a place of calm’

‘I enjoy the calmness and how there is no right or wrong, no one is judging you’