Our school is one family, united in love and deeply rooted in our Christian values, where together on life’s journey we flourish, striving for excellence in all that we do. Inspired by the transformation of St Paul, and enlightened by the glory of God, we will shine like stars to make the world a better place.
Our Curriculum Drivers
Our three curriculum drivers, Growth, Spirituality and Possibility shape our curriculum breadth. They are used to ensure we give our children appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities.
At St Paul’s CE Primary school, it is our intent to provide our children with the fundamental skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express themselves as artists and designers. We want our children to love art, craft and design! Our school drivers support, strengthen and shape our art curriculum whilst including our vision and values. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and to grow up wanting to be illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, curators, architects, printmakers and more. Our Art curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Through spirituality and within the context of our Christian ethos, children will learn about themselves as artists and designers and, through studying a range of artists, they will be able to make positive contributions to society and show an understanding and appreciation for individuality, diversity and creativity. As pupils progress, they should gain a deeper understanding of how Art and Design reflects and shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the Art and Design National Curriculum but to prepare them for the possibilities, opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Art and Design is taught every other half-term alternating with Design and Technology. To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school, using and adapting the Kapow primary scheme of work which follows the Art National Curriculum. The scheme has been written by experts and is designed to give children every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles and beyond. The art and design curriculum supports children to meet the national curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and also takes into consideration the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression. Children have the opportunity to learn and practise art skills discreetly in the Art and design skills and Formal elements of art units. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity throughout the years; this allows children to revise and build on their previous learning. The Art and design curriculum develop children’s knowledge and understanding of artists and art movements through various units and links to artists through practical work. Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into the units, supporting children in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the child and personal. Lessons are mainly practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with, not only Key Stage 2 pupils using sketchbooks (as identified in the National Curriculum) but Key Stage 1 too, to document their ideas. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all children and opportunities to stretch children’s learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support children in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary. Each child has an art sketch book which shows the progression of key skills during their time at St Paul’s.
To support teachers in their own varied artistic abilities there are multiple teacher and pupil videos to view. Children can see art techniques modelled by experts which will ensure the delivery of Art in our school is of the highest quality and pupil progression is of a high standard. The teacher videos develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD.
Throughout the year, we provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning inside and outside the classroom;
- Arts Week – which takes place in February every other year. This includes visits from outside artists, teacher workshops, an art exhibition and visits from parents.
- Spring flower paintings – for Mothering Sunday, children use watercolours and their observational skills to paint spring flowers. This is used as an assessment half-way through the year. We also choose a winner from each key stage and they present their Mother with a bouquet of flowers.
- Cross-curricular work throughout the year.
- Ad-hoc events/competitions – i.e Royal Mail Stamp Competition.
- Seasonal events – Christmas/Easter card designs.
- Educational visits.
- Displays/walking galleries in the classroom and corridors.
In Reception, staff select resources to support the teaching of the Early Years curriculum and the achievement of the Early Learning Goals for Expressive Arts and Design ‘Creating with Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative and Expressive’. EYFS pupils are taught in variety of ways through adult-led and supported tasks and child-initiated learning in provision areas. Practitioners will consider the Characteristics of Effective Learning when they are planning, leading or supporting learning. Through Expressive Arts and Design, children are encouraged to explore different media, explore how media can be combined to create different effects and develop a range of skills and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children are given daily access to a range of creative opportunities and enjoy our creative areas both indoors and out. Children are encouraged to create on both small and large scales and our outdoor environment supports this well. Children are encouraged to develop their communication and language skills through talking about their creations and sharing these with others to build confidence and raise self-esteem.
The Art and design curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve. There are opportunities for both formative and summative assessment throughout the units. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing children’s learning against the learning objectives and each unit has a quiz and knowledge catcher which can be used at the start and/or end of the unit.
In Reception, regular observations and assessments of learning are recorded using an online journal (Tapestry) and contribute to a summative assessment at the end of EYFS using the Early Learning Goals for Expressive Arts and Design: ‘Creating with Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative and Expressive’.
Children should leave St Paul’s CE School equipped with a range of art techniques, knowledge, skills, confidence and the creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art and design learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
The expected impact of following our Art and Design curriculum is that children will:
- Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
- Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.
- Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
- Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Art and design.