The curriculum has been developed to encourage our pupils to recognise that each one of them is an artist. They are encouraged to explore and express their ideas in a range of media and recognise that works of art take on many different forms.  Provision allows pupils to appreciate art, and gives the opportunity to explore and understand different cultures by studying a range of artists and craftspeople from different eras and countries, within Europe and beyond. Pupils’ develop knowledge and skills, becoming confident to use these to express their thoughts and feelings about the world around them. Art has a high profile within the school and pupils’ work is displayed and celebrated, for example in the annual art exhibition in school linked to Penistone art week.


Teachers ensure there is appropriate coverage of key areas: sculpture, textiles and collage, painting, printing, and drawing. There is a clear progression of skills across units and year groups. Specific skills are taught explicitly; visualizers enable staff and pupils to demonstrate techniques and share their work. Long and medium term plans allow pupils to build on previous learning. Pupils explore and practise techniques. They gather ideas through making studies of the world around them as well as collecting imaginative ideas in their sketchbooks. They then apply skills learnt in current and previous units, producing a final composition or piece based on their preparatory work. 


Each art unit will include:

  1. Specific vocabulary is shared, displayed and used in discussions by teachers and pupils.
  2. Exploration of the work of a range of artists. Where possible this will acknowledge the work of female artists and artists from beyond Europe. Pupils will make studies of artists’ work, annotating key features and techniques used. They will talk about line, form, shape, colour, texture in works of art, and discuss how the artist explores themes and creates mood. 
  3. Teachers demonstrate techniques and allow time for pupils explore and practise new skills. 
  4. Pupils regularly practise key skills – drawing using pencil, pastel and charcoal, colour mixing and painting techniques.
  5. Pupils have opportunities for preparatory work.  They gather ideas from the world around them and from imagination, using a variety of media to express their thoughts.
  6. Where appropriate, they plan designs i.e. for printing, or produce mock-ups in sculpture as part of this preparation.
  7. Pupils apply their knowledge and skills to create a final composition or piece.
  8. They reflect on their own and others’ work throughout and at the end of the unit.
  9. The final piece will be assessed against expectations for the year group.


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