Art & Design curriculum

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At Dartford Primary Academy, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with creative opportunities to develop and extend skills as well as an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. They will learn to respond to a range of media and materials and develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects. They will be able to use different media and materials to express their own unique ideas and explore colour and use for a particular purpose. The children will also be able to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately. 

Through the philosophy of the IB, we aim to deliver a high quality art education that engages, inspires and challenges our pupils and which will equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, take risks and create and invent their own unique works of art, craft and design. The children will develop an understanding of different artists and understand how art and design both reflects and shapes our history. 

The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design curriculum at Dartford Primary Academy is based on the National curriculum and Development Matters and delivered through the philosophy of the IB to allow the children to experience a well-structured approach to this creative subject. The children’s learning is further enhanced by working towards whole school projects at the end of the academic year where they have the opportunity to work collaboratively exploring different styles and techniques they have used and developed. 

In EYFS, pupils are encouraged to explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn by exploring the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials. 

When children reach key stage one, they will begin to develop and build on previous skills as well as learning new skills. Pupils are taught to use a range of materials creatively whilst working through the design process to make products. They will be able to use drawing, painting, printing, collage and the use of IT to develop and share their ideas. Children will be encouraged to experiment and explore mixing colours whilst developing a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, form and space. Children in key stage one will also discuss artists’ work by looking at how they have created it using different colours, shapes and lines 

Once children reach key stage two, they will have a bank of knowledge and skills that will be further developed. Children will be encouraged to record, review and revisit their observations and discussions about the mastery of art and design techniques. They will develop their skills further in drawing, painting, sculpting and collaging using a wide range of materials. They will have an understanding of great artists and designers in history. 

As teachers we aim to encourage our pupils to become more open minded and reflective learners who have a web of different art and design skills which they can apply to a variety of tasks. Where possible classroom and school displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. Children will have embedded the key art and design skills needed to allow them to produce pieces of work which they take care creating and can communicate to others how they have produced a piece of work.