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Didsbury CE School

Didsbury CE School

Art and Design

The Art and Design Curriculum at Didsbury CE Primary School

Intent – why we teach what we teach

We provide an art and design curriculum that is an opportunity for children to learn high-quality art and design which designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

During their time at DCE, we believe that children should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Consequently, the children will have the opportunity to become increasingly proficient and confident at:

  • producing creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluating and analysing creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • identifying great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Implementation – how we teach what we teach

In EYFS, the children are exposed to a wide range of art and design techniques through the continuous provision learning environment. Children manipulate materials in the malleable and creative areas to create models of natural and man-made objects. They are taught how to cut, hold a paintbrush, blend colours and join materials. Children also learn of a famous artist and create artwork in their style.

In Year 1-6 art and design is taught through weekly discreet lessons. In Key Stage One and Two, art lessons are linked to the class topic in history or geography. Art and design techniques which relate to an artist, particular historical period or culture are taught over a series of lessons. Different skills are taught during these lessons, be it sketching, creating different effects with paint or manipulating materials such as clay. In Year 1, the children will develop their artwork independently in the learning areas, whereas in Year 2 and Key Stage 2 at the end of each unit, the children are encouraged to use a medium and technique of their choice to create an individual piece of art inspired by what they have been studying.

Impact – how we measure what we teach

The impact of this art and design curriculum is that children will critique their own and other’s artwork by asking open and closed questions. They will become reflective of their own work and discuss how to improve their artwork next time. Children will understand that art is made by a variety of people in a variety of ways. They will know that they are all artists.

The children’s learning journey in art and design is assessed each term using the current assessment framework self and teacher evaluation and reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year.  The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at Didsbury CE Primary.

Please note we are currently working on how we can make our curriculum pages easier to navigate and so this page is a work in progress!

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