Impact

A consistently well-rounded and thorough experience of learning in art will guide pupils to understand the important role that art has and will play in society, as both a historical and cultural tool. It will teach children the skills that enable them to realise their own artistic potential, and represent their own experiences creatively.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children are actively encouraged to independently explore artistic pursuits, including mark-making, painting, junk modelling and other aspects of creative play through one of the 7 areas of learning; ‘Expressive arts and design’. In this area children develop their imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. Children do this in a range of ways including singing songs and making music, dancing, playing with colours, textures and designs. This emerging knowledge and understanding can be used to explore crucial early artistic skills. By the time children are in Reception, they will be increasingly able to use what they have learnt to independently explore their own artistic ideas.  

The early learning goals in the EYFS aim to guide children in their exploration and experimentation of materials, tools, colours and textures. Through this, they can begin to attribute meaning to the marks and shapes they make.

Key Stage 1

In Years 1 and 2, children begin to develop an awareness of art as a subject of learning. They develop key skills of looking at and discussing works of art and architecture with their peers, giving their opinions and linking to their own experiences. Children learn to recognise and vocalise similarities and differences between different works of art. Children begin to use artistic vocabulary and specific terms to describe what they see or what they are doing. A ‘hands on’ approach is key, and children will have many opportunities to use taught skills and methods to create their own works of art, both individually, and in small groups. Drawing is central to our art curriculum, and across Key Stage 1, children will also learn skills in painting, sculpture, collage and printing.

KS1 History Curriculum Map

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year One

Painting 

Colour

Impressionism (Monet)

Drawing

Line

Architecture of the state

Sculpture

Form

 Insects, clay

Year Two

Collage

Colour

(Lois Ehlert)

Printing  

Shape

Abstract Art (Hilma af Klint)

Drawing

Form

Portraiture

 

Key Stage 2

In Years 3 to 6, children continue to explore key artists and artistic movements and styles, building on their understanding of chronology and their developing knowledge of world history. Visual analysis of works of art and architecture continues to play a central role in learning across the year groups, building on experiences of discussion in KS1. Over time, children learn to not only give their own opinions of a work of art, but to also draw on known historical or cultural context, and to make comparisons. They continue to develop use of appropriate artistic and art historical terms, new vocabulary and consolidate artistic language from KS1. Children begin to talk about their creative ideas, and make preliminary sketches, drawings and plans before starting larger projects. Children continue to explore taught skills in printing, sculpture, painting, collage and drawing. They learn to operate with more accuracy and independence, using familiar and newly-introduced tools and media with growing skill. Creativity, quality and originality of thought is encouraged. Through exploration and discussion, children secure their understanding of the visual elements of art, and begin to understand the important role of art and art appreciation within historical and modern society.

KS2 Art Curriculum Map

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year Three

Painting

Light
Seascapes (JMW Turner)

Sculpture

Form

Nature and symmetry (Andy Goldsworthy)

Drawing

Line

Architecture

Year Four

Printing

Pattern

Islamic art and architecture

Drawing

Line & tone

Still life (Morandi/Cezanne)

Collage

Colour & shape

(David Hockney)

Year Five

Painting

Form

Narrative & allegorical painting

Drawing

Tone & light

Still life (Vermeer/Caravaggio)

Sculpture

Texture & form

Clay birds

Year Six

Printing

Pattern & design

(William Morris)

(Consolidation)

Textiles

Colour & light

(Matisse’s Vence Chapel)