Art and Design Curriculum Statement
At Harewood Primary School we believe that every child is an artist and through art we can allow children the opportunity to reach their full potential. Art forms an important aspect of the curriculum and stimulates imagination which can be incorporated into lessons across the curriculum, as well as being taught as a standalone subject in which children can express their unique, artistic creativity.
We want to inspire, engage and challenge children by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, as well as developing the ability to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art.
As they progress through school they will learn about a range of artists and artistic techniques, along with the understanding of how art has shaped our history and culture, both locally and nationally.
We understand the importance of allowing children to share their thoughts and opinions on a breadth of art work, as well as learning and using new artistic vocabulary.
All year groups participate in a termly arts week in which a particular focus is given (eg the environment, capital cities) and each year group drops their timetable to carry out art activities all week based on the chosen topic. This allows precious time for children to explore creativity alongside a global topic and further understand art as a cross-curricular activity. Their work is then showcased on displays around school and in the classrooms which gives their topic an end goal and allows them to explore and enjoy each other’s work.
We have a wide range of Art and Design resources available in school, including; printing, painting, drawing, 3D, clay, model-making tools, collage and textiles. Many children enjoy art but have not had the opportunity to use all of these materials outside of school. Our resources allows us to unlock the barriers that many of our children face and allow them to explore different materials and learn new techniques within school activities.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in using drawing, painting, sculpture and other creative expressions
- evaluate and analyse artistic works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about the great artists, craftsmen and designers, and understand the historical development of their art forms.
Department for Education National Curriculum Art and Design, 2013